School terms and holidays are set by the Department of Education and Training (DET).
Term 1 Monday 29th January* to Thursday 29th March
Term 2 Monday 16th April to Friday 29th June
Term 3 Monday 16th July to Friday 21st September
Term 4 Monday 8th October to Friday 21st December
* 29th January is a student-free day in all Victorian government schools.
Term 1 Tuesday 29th January* to Friday 5th April
Term 2 Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June
Term 3 Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September
Term 4 Monday 7th October to Friday 20th December
Students do not attend school during the term holidays, on public holidays, and on the four student-free days provided to Victorian government schools.
Student-free days are provided for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development, and student assessment and reporting purposes. The first day of Term 1 is a student-free day in all government schools and the remaining three are determined by each individual school.
The student-free days at Essex Heights Primary School in 2018 are Monday 29th January, Tuesday 30th January, Thursday 26th April and Friday 7th September.