South Australia School Term Dates Plus School Holidays SA

What are the South Australia school term dates and when do the SA school holidays start? Instead of leaving it to the last minute this year, find out now to avoid an unexpected school-free day. With the help of a SA school holiday calendar, you can stay on top of public holidays, student-free days, and school holiday dates all year long.

Whether you’re planning a family breakaway for the school holidays SA or just want to know when the kids will be at school during term time, you’re in the right place. This article will provide a list of school holiday dates for both 2021 and 2022.

If you are looking for school holiday activities to do with your kids in South Australia, then we have compiled articles about what is going on for each set of school holidays across South Australia. You can find them here:

If you are looking for school holiday programs in Adelaide where your kids can stay all day/week/holiday, then we have that too!

Why do state schools and private schools have different holidays?

State and private schools often have a completely different set of school holidays SA dates through the year, especially over the summer months – though have you ever wondered why?

The South Australia Department of Education establishes all of the school terms and holiday dates for pubic schools, focused toward keeping all 4 terms as even as possible and spanning over roughly 10 weeks each.

However, the process is slightly different for private schools. Independent or catholic schools set their school holiday dates based on these state school holiday dates – although, between each private school, the holidays can often differ.

Prior to the 2021 school year kicking off, remember to research an independent or catholic school’s holiday dates before adding them to your SA school holiday calendar just to be safe.

kids having fun in the school holidays

SA state school term dates 2021

TermDateLength
Term 1Wednesday 27 January – Friday 9 April 11 weeks
Term 2Tuesday 27 April – Friday 2 July 10 weeks
Term 3Monday 19 July – Friday 24 September10 weeks
Term 4Monday 11 October – Friday 10 December 9 weeks

South Australia state school holidays dates 2021

Summer school holiday dates:

12 December 2020 (Saturday) – 26 January 2021 (Tuesday)

Easter school holiday dates:

10 April (Friday) – 26 April (Monday)

Winter school holiday dates:

3 July (Saturday) – 18 July (Sunday)

Spring school holiday dates:

25 September (Saturday) – 10 October (Sunday)

Summer school holiday dates:

11 December 2021 (Saturday) – 30 January 2022 (Sunday)

SA state school term dates 2022

TermDateLength
Term 1Monday 31 January – Thursday 14 April11 weeks
Term 2Monday 2 May – Friday 8 July10 weeks
Term 3Monday 25 July – Friday 30 September 10 weeks
Term 4Monday 17 October – Friday 16 December 9 weeks

South Australia state school holidays 2022

Summer school holiday dates:

11 December 2021 (Saturday) – 30 January 2022 (Sunday)

Easter school holiday dates:

15 April (Friday) – 1 May (Sunday)

Winter school holiday dates:

9 July (Saturday) – 24 July (Sunday)

Spring school holiday dates:

1 October (Saturday) – 16 October (Sunday)

Summer school holiday dates:

17 December 2022 (Saturday) – 29 January 2023 (Sunday)

Private schools (Catholic & Independent schools holidays)

When you’re comparing private and state schools, you’ll notice that the key difference between these institutions is that private schools are independent. This means that independent or Catholic schools aren’t operated under any state or national governments and are privately funded – which can influence their school holiday SA dates.

Though despite being managed separately, independent or Catholic schools will set their school holiday dates based on public school holidays, with a few minor variations.

Since each private school is managed individually, dates are bound to differ between schools. Before adding any of these dates to your SA school holiday calendar, remember to check your children’s private school for a set of their SA school holiday dates.

South Australia school holidays dates 2021 – private schools

Summer school holiday dates:

12 December 2020 (Saturday) – 26 January 2021 (Tuesday)

Easter school holiday dates:

10 April (Friday) – 26 April (Monday)

Winter school holiday dates:

3 July (Saturday) – 18 July (Sunday)

Spring school holiday dates:

25 September (Saturday) – 10 October (Sunday)

Summer school holiday dates:

11 December 2021 (Saturday) – 30 January 2022 (Sunday)

South Australia school holidays dates 2022 – private schools

Summer school holiday dates:

11 December 2021 (Saturday) – 30 January 2022 (Sunday)

Easter school holiday dates:

15 April (Friday) – 1 May (Sunday)

Winter school holiday dates:

9 July (Saturday) – 24 July (Sunday)

Spring school holiday dates:

1 October (Saturday) – 16 October (Sunday)

Summer school holiday dates:

17 December 2022 (Saturday) – 29 January 2023 (Sunday)

Student free days

Aside from school holidays SA dates, student free days will also deliver kids with a day off school.

Student free days are designed for staff professional development. On these days, teachers and other staff members will go through various topics including fire training, code of conduct, the school’s strategic direction, and more. For parents, this means that the kids won’t need to attend school on these days.

Instead of being caught off guard with an unexpected student free day, consider getting in touch with your individual school for a list of student free days in 2021.

SA public holidays

Student free days and school holidays SA dates aren’t the only school-free days to keep an eye out for, with public holidays also granting kids with a brief recess from school.

Public or national holidays are established by Australian Law and are created around a specific holiday, event, or historic occasion. For example, some well known SA public holidays include Christmas, Australia Day, Anzac Day, and the Queen’s Birthday. These dates and more are not only designated as school-free days but also non-working days as well.

Public holidays usually vary from state to state, though here’s a list of the 2021 SA public holidays to include in your SA school holiday calendar.

South Australia public holidays 2021

  • New Year’s Day – 1 January (Friday)
  • Australia Day – 26 January (Tuesday)
  • Adelaide Cup Day – 8 March (Monday)
  • Good Friday – 2 April (Friday)
  • Holy Saturday – 3 April (Saturday)
  • Easter Sunday – 4 April (Sunday)
  • Easter Monday – 5 April (Monday)
  • Anzac Day – 25/26 April (Sunday/Monday)
  • Queen’s Birthday – 14 June (Monday)
  • Labour Day – 4 October (Monday)
  • Christmas Eve – 24 December (Friday)
  • Christmas – 25 December (Saturday)
  • Proclamation Day – 28 December (Tuesday)
  • New Year’s Eve – 31 December (Thursday)

With these school holiday dates, public holidays, and student free days on your SA school holiday calendar, you won’t need to worry whether or not the kids should be at school. Plus, with all this prep time out of the way, you’ll be able to focus your attention on keeping the kids entertained with some exciting school holiday activities.

Find school holiday dates for each Australian state here.