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Welcome to Birchwood School

Welcome to Birchwood School ©
Welcome to Birchwood School ©

Welcome to Birchwood School's 'window to the world!'. I hope you will find our website interesting and informative.
Our aim is to make our site as interactive as possible. PLEASE visit 'OUR BLOGS' where you will find opportunities to connect and engage in your child's learning.

Please feel free to contact us directly should you require further information or clarification of any issue.

Chris Herrick

Introduction to Birchwood School

Birchwood School is a U4 contributing primary school situated in the suburb of Stoke in the city of Nelson. The school is situated in a safe residential area close to the Stoke shopping centre and adjacent to the Monaco resort. The school meets the needs of students from New Entrants through to Year Six.

The school caters for families who live on the western side of Nayland Road and in recent years has experienced roll growth from new families in the Aldinga Ave subdivisions. Easy access from this area is gained by means of some well-placed walkways. The school opened in 1976 and has an outstanding reputation in the community.

Birchwood School has a roll of approximately 275 children, divided amongst 11 classrooms. The school is fortunate to have spacious grounds with plenty of room for development. New enrolments are always welcome and there is no enrolment scheme in place.

Contact us:
Phone: 03 547 3028; Email:

For payment of school accounts, please include invoice number, childs name and reason for payment.
Account details are: Westpac Bank: 03 1709 0015749 00



"Together We Learn - Together We Grow"

We make this happen when we challenge ourselves to:

  • Take responsibility
  • Communicate effectively
  • Solve problems
  • Show creativity
  • Be physically active

Birchwood School interprets the Key Competencies through our Learners Qualities.


  • Respect for self - valuing my learning and my behaviour
  • Respect for others - valuing each other
  • Respect for the environment - valuing our world and everything in it

Final Word

"Hi Chris,
I just looked at your website. It looks great! It's easy to read, fresh, inviting and the branding is strong. Well done!
Hope your year has started well.
Cheers, Craig" - School Branding Matters - Christchurch.




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ERO Report

ERO Report

Birchwood School Confirmed ERO Report - August 2014 - OUT NOW... . . . Read more »



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Our term dates are set to coincide with the Stoke Cluster of schools. Please note that some terms may include Teacher Only Days for Professional Learning.

Term   Date
Term Two 2016   6th May ~ 8th Jul ~ 2016
Term Three 2016   25th Jul ~ 23rd Sep ~ 2016
Term Four 2016   10th Oct ~ 16th Dec ~ 2016


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Principals Challenge Award - EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS

CONGRATULATIONS to our effective communicators who had their awards presented at assembly on Friday.

Principals Challenge Award - EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS ©
Principals Challenge Award - EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS ©

SCHOOL LEADERS are elected by the students twice each year.

The BIRCHWOOD CUP is awarded each week to a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability in a variety of ways.

The PRINCIPAL'S CHALLENGE is awarded each term to one student from each room who has demonstrated excellence in one of our 'Learners Qualities'.

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Birchwood School, Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand
Tel: 03 547 3028, Fax: 03 547 3026
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