Our mission is to gift our children the passion to be the best they can be in all areas of learning. Teachers use a range of effective teaching approaches to support students’ learning. We have an open door policy and encourage any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share.
Teaching Principal - Jenny Bainbridge
Principal Release - Sonia Pettigrew
Junior Teacher - Hayley Donald
Tutor Teacher / CRT Release - Tracy Northcroft
Latin Teacher - Sherry Woodside
School Support Staff - Stephanie Bowater
Admin and School Support - Nicolina Nolan
Caretaker - Linda Philps
Chairperson - Sheila Julian
Principal - Jenny Bainbridge
Staff Rep - Sonia Pettigrew
Parent Representatives - Andrew Craig, Madeleine Dennehy, Barbara O'Neill-Nolan
Listen to the children's podcasts about the school.
8:20am Children may enter school grounds
9:00am School begins
11:00 -11:30 Morning tea
1:00 -1:45pm Lunchtime
3:10pm School ends
Lunch Breaks - Please ensure that you let the school know if your child is going home for lunch.
The school has an excellent library. The children may change their books weekly. We are very keen to see the library being used. Children are allowed two books at a time and are encouraged to transport their books in their class reading folders. The community also are able to use the library to access books. There is a large range of adult fiction and non fiction available. The library is open to the community 9.00-12.00 noon Monday to Thursday, and 10.30-11.30am on Saturday mornings.
Scholastic Book Club - Book Club leaflets are sent home regularly. Orders need to be returned to school as soon as possible. Please do not send money, but make cheques payable to SCHOLASTIC and place cheque and order in a named envelope.
Pool - The school pool is a shared community resource. It is a wonderful facility. The pool is usually operational in Term 4 until the end of February/ beginning of March. Pool keys are sold to the community.
Sports - All pupils are involved in a Sport skills teaching and games programme. Parent participation in coaching any of these programmes is always welcome.
Sun Smart - Pupils are actively encouraged to wear sunhats, sunscreen and suitable clothing during risk periods (Terms 1 and 4).
Newsletters - A regular school newsletter will be sent home with your child. Other notices are sent home on occasions. Newsletters be download in PDF format or can be emailed if you wish.
Dentist - A mobile dental caravan visits the school annually to check all the pupil’s teeth. Parents are sent information on any dental work that their child requires by the dental therapist.
Photographs - Once a year a photographer will make arrangements to take individual, family and class photographs. Financial arrangements are between to parents and the photographer. Parents will be notified via a newsletter prior to visit.
If you wish to enrol your child please ring the school to arrange an appointment. When you enrol your child please bring with you the birth certificate (5 years old only), an emergency contact number, immunisation certificates and any relevant information on health, medication and general development. Enrolling five year olds are encouraged to visit the classroom on 3/4 occasions before their birthday. This helps make the transition from home to school smooth and secure. Please contact the school to arrange these visits.
This is the key document by which the school operates. It contains a number of formal requirements expected by the Ministry of Education, and a number of local policies approved by the Board of Trustees. Copies of the Charter and policies are available for the parents to download from the Links section below, or borrow from the school office.
The local playgroup operates in the school site on Monday & Wednesday between 10.30am and 1.30pm. Ages Birth to 5yrs.
Phone: 03 7534061 Fax: 03 7534064
65 Scally Rd, Whataroa, Westland
P.O. Box 50, Whataroa,7857
Email: Please send the form below.