Welcome to Clifton Terrace School.


Clifton Terrace School is located in the Atawhai area approximately 8 km from the city of Nelson.  A bus service is available for children coming from town, The Glen and Dodson’s Valley.  The school is set in a park-like setting with many trees included within our property for everyone to enjoy.  


Staff at Clifton Terrace are fully committed to providing the very best for children.  Currently, there are 11 classes occupied ranging from New Entrants to Year 6 children.  Each classroom is very well equipped with up-to-date technology and resources for the benefit of children and their learning.  We are also very fortunate to have a separate art and music room, a large, fully equipped hall, two computer suites and a fabulous library.


Much thought has gone into the design of playground equipment and children are very lucky to have a junior playground, senior playground and a fitness track. 


During 2008, an observatory was opened on site.  We have access to the observatory which makes for some very exciting science topics!


Children are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular programmes which are available to them.  These include, but are not limited to, in-school music lessons with specialist teachers, gymnastics and a variety of weekend sports.  The school also supports children in a variety of ways through extension groups and learning support programmes .


We believe we have something really special to offer your children and we look forward to having your family at our wonderful school.  If you have any questions after reading this information booklet, please feel free to contact me.


Kind regards


Rob Wemyss



Yesterday’s Schools


Clifton Terrace and Hillside - A Remembrance


While the centennial of the opening of Clifton Terrace School was celebrated in 1959, the official opening date is historically uncertain. The three day centennial celebrations of the Atawhai School was held on February 13, 1959 - and also marked the opening of the Hillside School which was situated on the Glen side of Clifton Terrace.


However, records of the official opening of the two schools are not available and the actual opening dates are not certain.


It is believed that the Hillside School opened in 1857 or 1858 and closed in 1926. Pupils from the area it served attended Clifton Terrace.


The first mention of Clifton Terrace is in the Nelson Central Board of Education’s records in February 1859. However, either Hillside or Clifton Terrace School must have been in existence for some years.


The Education Board was formed in July 1856 and Mr Wastney was listed as its member for the Suburban North district which contains the two schools.


The board’s 1859 records note that the master’s residence at Hillside was completed.


Three years earlier the board, when it was formed, set aside 250 pounds for the Suburban North school district, to be spent as the school committee decided.


Also, at its first meeting the board struck a rate on the district for education. It was one pound for every household in the district and 5 shillings for  each child between the ages of five and 14 years in a household. The collecting place was the home of Mr Mansenn, of Wakapuaka.

In January 1860 the board granted five pounds to the Suburban North School Committee to rebuild a school.


Since the original small wooden structure was erected, Clifton Terrace School has been rebuilt twice. In 1878 a complete new building was erected and in 1892 additions were made.

The first Hillside School, built about 1856, was replaced in 1889, the second building lasting until its closure in 1926. The old Rooms 1 and 2 at Clifton Terrace School were built in 1927 to house the sudden increase in the school roll caused by Hillside’s closure. These rooms were replaced again in 1989.

Clifton Terrace was a sole teacher school until 1923 when a second teacher, a probationer, was appointed. In 1924 it reverted to sole teacher again but from 1925 the school had two teachers or more.

In November 1966 it had three class teachers; by February 1969 it had four, and then eight by February 1972 and nine class teachers in April 1974.

Since 1989 eight new classrooms have been built, as well as a hall in 1998 and a new administration area in 1999.


The 125th Jubilee was held on March 13-14, 1982, only 23 years after the centenary. The jubilee now means the official opening of Clifton Terrace School is put at 1857. The 150th Jubilee celebrations were held during Labour Weekend, 2006.




Clifton Terrace’s Vision




























The location of our school and the Godwits which frequent the Atawhai Estuary were instrumental in developing our vision.  Godwits fly thousands of kilometres each year around the world.  We believe our students will be like the Godwits and extend themselves to achieve great things.  Our Keys For Learning are the areas which our staff, community and children believe are essential for students at Clifton Terrace.



School Organisation


The school is organised in to two areas or syndicates.

Junior School (Year 0 - Year 3 children) under the supervision of the Deputy Principal.

Senior School (Year 4 - Year 6 children) under the supervision of the Assistant Principal.


Each teacher is responsible for the effective day-to-day management, programmes of work and progress of children in the area of the school taught by them.   


With composite classes there is some overlap of responsibilities depending on the numbers in classes.


Literacy and mathematics form an important part of the daily learning programme in all classrooms as these are seen as important building blocks of the curriculum.  However, all children receive quality education in all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum to develop the whole child.


In most cases, children are considered for class placement towards the end of each year at school. Class placement is based on a combination of the following: Placing children with others of a similar age; parental considerations; learning needs and skills specific to an individual child.


Classes are not streamed in the school but each has a range of  abilities which are catered for by the class teacher through grouping within the classroom and school: (e.g. individual learning programmes, specialist teacher support, grouping, developmental, class interchanges, etc).


Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees comprises five elected members, a minute secretary, the principal and a staff representative. The board is elected every three years to undertake the management of the school, the provision of its facilities and all major matters related to the welfare of the children. The current board was elected in April, 2010. Members spend much of their time attending to the governance and business needs of the school. The board is responsible for governing this school. Other responsibilities include:

-    developing the charter in partnership with the community.

-    establishing policies that will guide the school in management and their instructional programmes

-    reporting to and consulting the community

-    buildings and grounds’ maintenance

-    staff appointments

-    management of finances




Home and School Association

Clifton Terrace School has a very active and effective Home and School Association.  All parents of the school are most welcome to attend meetings. And the group is always looking for new members.  

This group is the “backbone” for any fund-raising and social ‘get togethers’ for the school.





Projects to raise funds to buy equipment and books are carried out annually. Every year a major fund raising event is organised by the Home and School Association when all parents are asked to assist in various ways. As well as being a fund-raising venture, it is also a very important social occasion for families in the community.


The money raised directly helps your child’s education, for the grants received from the Ministry of Education are often insufficient. It is hoped that your support will be forthcoming in these worthwhile ventures. 


This Is Your School 


You are always welcome at Clifton Terrace School and do not need to wait for an invitation. You are welcome any time you would like to help, join in, or have a concern you wish to talk over with members of the staff or the principal.






Absence Procedure

Absence notification is very important.  All children who are absent will be checked on if the office is not notified.  This is for your  child’s safety.


The following are ways you are able to contact the school with absences:

    •    Phone:   5450532

    •    Fax:       5450148

    •    Email:    office@cliftontce.school.nz

    •    Text:      027 715 4058

    •    A note to the teacher with another student.






Although every reasonable precaution is exercised, accidents do happen. Minor ones receive first-aid treatment from the teacher on duty or office staff. In all cases of head injury, suspected bone injury, bad cuts, etc. the parent is notified immediately and the necessary medical attention is sought.


All accidents at the school are investigated, recorded and if serious enough, reported to the Board of Trustees.


In order to keep our Emergency File up to date, would parents please notify the school of any change of alternative contact, (for when a parent is not at home) and change of doctor.   Also ensure the school is aware of allergies and has treatment for these at school.



After School Play

Unless arrangements have been made by parents, children should report home after school before going to a friend’s house to play.  It is helpful if the school is notified.

For safety reasons, no child is permitted to make other arrangements after arrival at school.



Three buses, operated by the Nelson Suburban Coachlines, convey children to school -  Town, Dodson Valley and The Glen.  Only The Glen bus is an official bus for children from The Glen turn-off to The Glen.  The other buses backload children to their respective stops.  Each bus has Year 6 children appointed as monitors to ensure that behaviour both on the bus and while waiting at the bus stop in the mornings, is of the highest standard.  Any irregularities in behaviour are reported to the bus controller, Mr Murray Burt.

If children wish to travel to town, or on another bus, or are not going home by bus, a note is required to be sent to the office.  (Bus times are available from the school office.)  Parents should wait at the bus stop with children where possible.






The Clifton Terrace School charter is an agreement between the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education. 

There are statements in the charter which are compulsory, but there are also some local goals and objectives proposed and framed by the Board of Trustees after consultation.

(i)       A Vision Statement for Clifton Terrace School.

(ii)      Our school’s aims

(iii)     Our school’s objectives

(iv)      A Long – Term Strategic Plan

(v)      Targets

You are always welcome to view this document.




Clifton Terrace School is well resourced with IT equipment.  Computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads and minipads are found in every classroom and are an intergral part.  Our library is also equipped with a computer suite.  A vast array of other ICT equipment is available to complement the computers and to support children’s learning.




All concerns should be referred to the class teacher first. If not resolved, parents should talk to the senior staff member in that syndicate.  In the unusual event that a problem has not been resolved, please contact the principal who will take any necessary action.

Parents and teachers have the same goal - the best possible education for the children. However, differences in approach, and in ways of attaining these goals could lead to misunderstanding and misinterpretation. Regular discussions between parents and teachers are extremely valuable.




Cycling to School

Parents are urged to ensure that children are not only proficient cyclists but that they also have an adequate understanding of basic road rules before allowing them to ride to school.

The shared pathway from town to Clifton Terrace has made cycling to school much safer.  However, children should still take good care on this stretch of cycleway. Cycle helmets are compulsory for all pupils cycling to school.


Dental Therapist

Most children will have been enrolled with the dental therapist before coming to school. If this is not the case it is important that parents enrol the child for dental treatment. This can be done at the community dental clinic now located off site on the corner on Tipahi and Franklin Streets.  The telephone number is 5395324.  



Education Outside The Classroom

Education outside the classroom (EOTC) opportunities happen regularly throughout the school to support the curriculum.  One of the highlights is the Year 5/6 camp.  On alternate years, children camp at Marahau or Mistletoe Bay.




Enrolment Requirements

Children are entitled to start school on their fifth birthday. Please bring a 

copy of their birth certificate or their Passport to verify their date of birth and their immunisation certificate if you have one.  These can be requested from your doctor.

Parents / Caregivers will be asked to:

Complete formal enrolment with the principal.

It is important that special medical needs are notified at this time.

Sign the enrolment form.

Sign the school Cybersafety Agreement



School Donation

The Parent Donation is just that, a donation.  However, it has, over the years, become a very important part of the school finances due to the government not funding schools enough to cover the varied elements of the curriculum.  Compared to some other schools, our parent donation is very reasonable.


Education Outside the Classroom Fee

The Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) fee is compulsory.  This covers any performances or costs incurred on trips etc.  A ‘running total’ is kept of individuals’ payments.



Our community are most welcome to use the grounds outside of school hours.  We believe that the school is a community asset to be shared by all.  







Hats and Sunscreen

During Terms 1 and 4, hats are compulsory, as is sunscreen for all outdoor activities. Children who forget to bring their hat to school are asked to play in the shade.  

Headstart to School

Headstart to School was introduced to Clifton Terrace during 2008 and was in response to parents and children not necessarily getting the best transition to school.


Headstart is run over the 10 weeks leading up to your child’s 5th birthday.  Every Wednesday afternoon, 1.30 - 2.55, families bring their child to school to work with the teacher they are to begin school with and with children who are going to be starting school at approximately the same time.  


Children work with the teacher on understanding how school ‘works’ and getting prepared.  The parents meet with the principal to discuss a range of subjects like numeracy, literacy, the curriculum in general, nutrition and a number of other subjects that may be of concern to them as new school parents.  Parents and children who have been through the programme talk about the seamless transition to school which is vital for a healthy  home/school partnership.




Health Nurse

The school has regular visits from the Health Nurse who can assist teachers or parents with any queries. She observes all new entrants in their classroom. If she considers a child has a particular need, she will notify the parent/caregiver.  Alternatively, if you have any concerns, you are most welcome to contact her.




Homework is a very good link between home and school, and should be an enjoyable experience for all involved. Our policy at Clifton Terrace is that homework be purposeful but be generally limited to literacy and numeracy areas.  As a school, we know that children work hard during the day and in order to get a healthy balance, we hope that children will have the opportunity and time to be engaged in a variety of interests and pursuits outside of school.



Minor injuries are dealt with at school. In the event of illness, parents will be contacted. If this is not possible, your emergency contact will be notified.  Please do not send children to school if they have been sick overnight, or showing signs of sickness.



Jewellery is discouraged at school, mainly for reasons of safety. This includes such items as dangling earrings, coloured fingernails, multi-bangles, etc. It is preferred that pupils do not wear these to school. ‘Studs’ only are permitted. Items of neck-wear are also discouraged.



Our school has an excellent, well-stocked library which has been set up through various government grants and the great efforts of parents, staff and children.  All children may borrow books and magazines from the library, which is open during every lunch hour from 12.45 pm - 1.20 pm. During this time the library is under the supervision of the teacher’s aide with library responsibility. She is ably assisted by Year 6 children trained as library monitors. Parents are welcome to visit the library during this time to help their child find suitable reading material.  A parent library is also available to assist parents with any parenting issues they may encounter.  Every class is encouraged to visit the library at least once a week. This is a time when the children can explore all the library has to offer under the guidance of their teacher. They may be researching topics to study, discovering books that are new to them, learning about library procedures and systems, browsing and reading, sharing favourite stories or changing their library books. The library is fully computerised and has access to the internet. A teacher-aide looks after the cataloguing of new books and keeps the stock of books in top condition. She often asks parents to help with book repairs and other library duties. Let us know if you are interested in helping in any way.



Lost Property

Lost property is an ongoing problem. Please name all articles of clothing, footwear and swimwear. Lost property is available for inspection in the locker outside Room 9 on any school day.




Children are to supply their own lunch.


Materials for use at School

Parents can provide many useful materials, which are often discarded as rubbish at home, for children to use in creative work. Parents through their employment may have access to useful materials which otherwise may be destroyed e.g. paper or cardboard off-cuts, plastic ice-cream containers etc.



Newsletters are published every Wednesday, and sent home with the oldest member of the family attending school.  Many families are choosing to have their newsletter emailed to them to cut down on paper use.  If you would like to have your newsletter emailed, please contact the office.



Parent/Caregiver Helpers

Clifton Terrace School encourages parents to be actively involved in school in many different ways and this participation can take place at various levels.  The classroom and library are areas where help is particularly appreciated. Contact the classroom teacher for further details.



Playground Supervision

Rostered teachers are on duty from 8.20 am - 3.30 pm.

Children must not be at school prior to 8.20 am for safety reasons.

While children are allowed to use the playground outside these hours, parents are reminded that this is at their child's own risk.




The school has a wide-ranging set of policies relevant to our school. These are available for parent perusal on site.

The Board of Trustees review these regularly to ensure they continue to be inline with current practices.


Reporting to Parents

Clifton Terrace reports to parents and caregivers regularly and in a number of different ways.


The current format is:   UNDER REVIEW


-  Children's books, folios and work samples will be sent home throughout the year.

-    ‘Meet the Teacher’: An evening held by the end of the second week in February.

    Term 1, Interim Reports are sent home.

   Term 2, oral interviews.

  Term 3, Open Classes where children articulate their learning to parents.

-     Term 4, written report.

-     Consultations are available at any time during the year.


Between the formal reports, parents are welcome to contact the their child's teacher or principal for information and discussion about their child's progress. A short informal discussion on minor matters can take place before or after school, but an appointment would be needed to see the principal or to spend more time with the teacher.



School Hours

Morning             9.00 am     -     12.30 pm

Afternoon           1.25 pm     -      2.55 pm



Morning            10.40 am     -     11.00 am

Lunch               12.30 pm     -     1.25 pm


School Rules

For the safety of your children there are certain school rules. These are kept to a minimum. Generally they revolve around “Common Sense.




In the Year 3 - Year 6 classes children have the opportunity to be coached in, and play, various sports. In many cases inter-school competitions are arranged. These activities are often modified versions of the adult games listed, as well as a range of other experiences as time, personnel, and opportunity present themselves.

Boys and girls play all games.


   SUMMER                                 WINTER        

    Softball                                 Netball        

    T.Ball                                    Rugby            

    Swimming                           Soccer

    Minor smal-ball games      Hockey

    Cricket                                  Volleyball

    Gymnastics                         Mini-ball

    Athletics                             Cross country


Parents are sometimes asked to provide transport so that children can benefit from participation in inter-school games with children of their own age group. Assistance with coaching is also appreciated.



Stationery items required by your child are available from the school office. Items can be purchased before school each day. Children in junior classes are issued with a note indicating their stationery requirements.



Sweets and chewing gum are not permitted at school.


School Pool

We have a fantastic pool which is well heated.  All children are expected to participate in the swimming programme. They should bring togs and a towel (clearly named) every day during the swimming season which runs from November to  March.


When it is necessary for your child to be excused from swimming, please send a note to school explaining this.


A key can be hired for entry to the pool areas during the swimming season.



School Uniform

This is compulsory for all levels of the school.  Requirements are available on enrolment.

Hats must be worn during Terms 1 and 4.

Correct school uniform must be worn at all times.


Toys and Personal Sports Equipment

It is preferable that toys stay at home.  Unfortunately, the school cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. 

Sports gear can be brought from home.  We encourage children to be active.  Some children like to bring skateboards, scooters and the like to use at break times.

Other school sports gear is available during breaks.



Address: 888 Atawhai Dr, Nelson - 7010

Principal:  Rob Wemyss

Ph:  03 545 0532  Fax:  03 5450148  Mobile:  027 715 4058

Email:  office@cliftontce.school.nz

Website:  www.cliftontce.school.nz