Starting the Year

The 2019 school year starts on Tuesday 29 January. Beginning a new school can be both scary and exciting. We have listed some things you can do to ease the nerves and help you make the best possible start to the new school year.


The Berkley uniform can only be purchased from our suppliers Direct Group who are located at 6 Latham Court, Hamilton. They will be open from 8 January and their operating hours are Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 5.00 pm. There is an online ordering service available at Click on the shop online link at the top right hand corner of the home page.  Scroll to the Berkley logo and click log in.  The user name is Berkley and the password is Uniform.  If you have any problems, please contact the office on 8566537.

Stationery/Printing Fee/Technology Fee/Donation/Camp

Berkley issues a standard stationery pack to all students. You will receive details about this pack on the first day of school. You will need to bring your pencil case filled with the normal things – pens (blue and red), pencil, eraser, ruler, gluestick – as well as some paper. This will be enough to see you through to when stationery is required. The cost of the stationery pack for 2019 will be $29.00 and the compulsory printing fee is $70.00. The donation is $160.00 per year or $40.00 per term.  Students will participate in our New Horizons programme at the beginning of April.  The cost for this activity varies and is dependant on choice and availability.

Plan your route to school

School begins at 8:45 am. Plan a route that will let you arrive between 8:15 am – 8:30am (not too early as standing around waiting may add to any nervousness you already feel). Only bus students use the Berkley Ave entrance. This entrance is an extremely busy place, so remember to use the path. On the first day follow the path past the Administration block, past the Rec. Centre, through the car park and onto the padder tennis courts.  There will be a meeting for all bus students in Block 4 held in the Rec. Centre. It is at this meeting where you will be sorted into bus runs and bus lists will be made. It is important that you know the names of the streets or roads around where you live as this will help ensure you are placed on the right bus.


Students are dropped off at the Mullane Street entrance. Please keep the turning bays free.

Walkers and Cyclists

Remember to use the appropriate underpass and pedestrian crossings.  Cyclists need to walk their bikes down Mullane Street.

The Night Before

Lay out your uniform

Remember that 720+ other students will be wearing the same uniform, so make sure every item of clothing (including footwear) is clearly labelled with your name.

Pack your bag

Make sure you have got everything you need: hat, sunscreen, PE clothes (appropriate mufti shorts and t-shirt), lunch, pencil case and paper.

Set your alarm

Give yourself enough time to wake up, to go through your morning routine and arrive at school between 8:15 am – 8:30 am. Often it’s hard falling asleep the night before. Give yourself time.

The first day

When you arrive make your way to the padder tennis courts on the ‘Front Turf’. Be prepared to meet a lot of other students. At 8:40 am the school bell will ring and you will be asked to move into the Rec. Centre.


Once everyone is settled you will be greeted by Mr Leith, our Principal. He will introduce some of the teachers and speak briefly about our school and the upcoming year. Next one of the Team Leaders will step forward, introduce a teacher who will begin reading out their class list. You will need to listen very carefully. Although the teachers practice beforehand, they may not pronounce your name the way you are used to. Listen carefully and if it sounds like your name, stand with your bag when the teacher has finished reading the entire class list, then make your way out and line up in single file on the padder tennis courts again. If you are unsure whether it was your name you heard, now would be a good time to ask. If it was your name – excellent! If not, you can easily slip back into the Rec. Centre. Another teacher will step forward. This is your signal to listen carefully as another class list is about to be read. Things will continue like this, teacher by teacher, team by team. In between the reading of each class, Mr Leith may pass on important pieces of information. Make sure you continue to listen the entire time you are seated in the Rec. Centre. You can find more information about the teams by clicking this link: School Organisation.

Worries and Fears

Can my parents come with me?

Absolutely! Parents are often just as excited or nervous as you. Your parent can come into the Rec. Centre for the reading of the class lists. There’s plenty of room for them to stand at the back. Your parent can also accompany you to your new classroom. Once they know where you will be based it’s better that they leave to give you, your classmates and teacher a chance to get to know each other.

But what if I get lost!

At first Berkley seems like a big school so there will be easy-to-spot duty teachers out and about. Also there are at least 300 other students you can ask for directions. In time you’ll realise it’s easy to navigate your way round.

I’m hungry! When’s break?

This is probably the biggest adjustment you’ll have to make. Good advice is to eat breakfast. You’ll have one 20 minute break and one 10 minute break before lunchtime. The first break is at 10:10am, then another at 11:50am. Sit down lunch is from 12:55 – 1:05pm, then ‘lunch break’ runs from 1:05 – 1:45pm. School finishes at 3:15pm. Use your breaks wisely. Try to eat and drink something each break. Also visit the restrooms during this time.

But I don’t know anyone!

Starting a new school can be scary and exciting. Try thinking of it as a new adventure. True, you may not know anyone at 8:45am but by 10:10am you will have started to get to know at least one classmate. By the next break you will at least know two. Keep building up this number. Remember that friendships take time. Being ‘open and friendly’ helps too.

What can I do at lunch time?

Every lunch time at least two sports or game type activities are offered. We call these ‘promotions’. You need to wear your PE gear to take part, and a hat too, if you choose to be outdoors. Promotions can be a great way to get to know people. We have a very cool adventure playground that you could try out, or you could make your own games up on one of the astro-turfs. Or, if you want, you could simply sit and chat with people under the sun umbrellas in the food court. Don’t worry – everyone will be experiencing butterflies in the tummy!