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Education in New Zealand is compulsory and can be divided into 3 stages of schools:

The school day usually begins about 9.00am and finishes about 3.00pm with breaks several times in the day. The secondary school day is usually about half an hour longer than primary school.

The school year is divided into 4 terms, in which students have a 6-week summer holiday break with 2-week breaks between each of the 4 terms.

Types of Schools

In most cases, children in New Zealand attend state-funded schools which are usually co-educational, although some offer same-sex education at the secondary level.

Other New Zealand schooling options include: