Back to School 2024

Please see below for information on start days/times, Uniform, Buses, Lockers, Stationery, Work Books, Digital Devices, Music Tuition and Term Dates

Tuesday, 30 January – Term 1 commences for all new students

  • 9.00am-3.15pm – Year 7
  • 9.30am-3.15pm – Years 8-10
  • 12.00-2.00pm – Years 11-13
  • Students need to bring their devices, packed lunches and water bottles.  The tuckshop will NOT be open.

Wednesday, 31 January – Term 1 commences for all other returning students

  • Atawhai – 8.45am
  • Mihi whakatau – 9.30am (parents and caregivers are welcome to attend – please note there is no parking on site).
  • Students will not require their devices on Wednesday, 31 January.
  • School finishes at 3.15pm.

The school office will be open from Monday 22 January, 9.00am-3.00pm.

Beginning of the school day

Entrance to the school will be as follows:

  • Students arriving by bus or walking, enter through the pedestrian gate by the traffic lights on Shakespeare Road.
  • Students being dropped off by car – parents, please drive in the main gate (Gate 2), let your daughter out of the car, then leave via Gate 1 (the gate closest to Milford).  There will be Carmel staff directing the traffic flow and welcoming your daughter.  College map

End of the school day

  • If you are picking your daughter up in the afternoon, please arrange a pick up location with your daughter, being respectful of the college neighbours’ property and driveways.
  • Parents are not allowed on site to pick up students at 3.15pm at any time during the year.
  • The school gates will be shut from 8.30am each morning, then closed again at 3.00pm.

General Information

In the interest of student safety, parents are asked not to drive into the school grounds and drop off or pick up their daughters between 8-9 am or 3-3.45 pm. Students should enter the school through the gate by the Technology building. The main gates will be shut from 8.15 am until school starts and from 3.00-3.30 pm.

All visitors/parents please report to Reception when arriving at the school.


If there are any issues to be discussed with the school, the first point of contact is your daughter’s Dean (new students will be advised of their House on the first day), followed by members of the Senior Leadership Team and then the Principal. As it may be difficult to phone during the school day, emailing is the recommended communication method.  Email contacts for all staff are found HERE

Please scroll down for information about buses, uniform, lockers, stationery lists, workbook purchase, digital devices, music tuition, parent portal, responsible use agreements, Waterwise and 2024 Term dates.


Uniform requirements and information – the compulsory uniform items for all students are: blazer, skirt, cardigan, shirt and black leather lace-up shoes and ankle socks.   Carmel PE top/shorts/leggings are also compulsory for students in Years 7-10.  Optional uniform items are: rain jacket, sun hat, scarf and flat, plain, black sandals with a back strap e.g. Roman sandals.

All school uniform items can be purchased from our supplier, NZ Uniforms. Their retail shop is located at – 19A Douglas Alexander Parade, Rosedale.


School buses depart school from 3.15 pm onwards.

Bus timetables for Auckland transport and Party Bus can be found HERE

Parents, please check here before the first day of school to find out which bus your daughter should catch.


Lockers are the property of Carmel College and are assigned to students for their use for approved purposes only.  Lockers may be subject to inspection periodically by school officials only.  Security of a locker and its contents is the responsibility of the student assigned to the locker.  It is recommended students do not keep valuables in their assigned locker. Please note: Payment for a locker indicates that you accept these terms and conditions.

All Year 7&8 students are required to have a locker and $15 will be added to student accounts to cover this cost.

Lockers are optional for Years 9-13 students via the online Carmel shop where they are able to select any locker that is available online.  This is a first come first serve approach.

Locker location, number and key will be given to each student in the first week of Term 1, 2024.

Please note: if your daughter has lost her key or needs a replacement, a charge of $10.00 will be added to your daughter’s student account.

If you have any queries, please contact Claudia Officer

Digital Devices

For specifications and purchase offers, please click HERE

Stationery / Workbooks

Stationery and workbook lists are now available.  

Purchase stationery via Officemax MySchool website HERE.

Purchase subject workbooks via Carmel online shop HERE

Student ID Card

This is a compulsory purchase of $7.50.  This charge will be added to your daughter’s student account.


Music Department isite HERE.

To register online for Music Tuition in 2024 please click HERE

Parent Portal

The Carmel Portal is an important resource for parents and caregivers to access whilst their child is attending the College. At this point in time the portal gives access to Daily Notices, Personal Information, Timetable, Attendance, NCEA Results and Archived Reports. Parents of new students will be given a login to access the Parent Portal early next year.

Responsible Use Agreements

If you have not already done so, please sign and return the Responsible Use Agreement relating to your daughter’s College IT account.  Please note, that in order for student email addresses to be set up and working at the start of the 2023 school year, a signed agreement must have been received.  Please click HERE for the Responsible Use Agreement.


Carmel College runs a programme of Waterwise (sailing and water safety) on Lake Pupuke for Year 7&8 students. Parent helpers and instructors are needed to operate this programme. If the parents of any new Year 7&8 students starting 2024 are interested in becoming Waterwise Instructors, please email Mrs Jenny Green ( for further details and register for training sessions in late January and February.

Term Dates 2024

Term 1 2024 – Tuesday 30 January (for new students) / Wednesday 31 January (for returning students) to Friday 12 April

Term 2 2024 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July

Term 3 2024 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September

Term 4 2024 – Monday 14 October to Thursday 12 December (TBC)