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Welcome to the Wakaaranga School website. At our school, the emphasis is on excellence. Our motto is “To be the best I can possibly be”. This is a belief we instil in all of our students. The core school values, ‘Respect, Responsibility and Reflection’ are extremely important to staff and students in our school. children are encouraged to particiapte in all the activities that the school has to offer. The senior staff are always prepared to listen to all to the concerns of parents.  Parents are always welcome to interact with all staff members. 


Please note that the school website is to be replaced during term 1.

We are just keeping the basics running till it is replaced during the term. It is going to be a big improvement.


Welcome to 2019.

We would like to our new Associate Principal, Jason Cox, and a new staff member Sarah Rowley, Ms Michelle Rogers

Also back from leave Mrs. Hurford.


 Homestay required.

Please click on the News to see the request for short term home stays.


The school opens on the 30th of January for the pupils.

The school office will be open from 9 to 2 on Tuesday the 29th.

At long last, the building of the new classroom block block has started. It should be completerd by term 3.

School library link.

The school library link allows you to see what books are available in the library.

It also contains links to Educational sites.


Please text your child's name, class and reason for absence to 027 576 8206. You can also email an absentee notice from this website by just going to this page.



Please click on the link and record the times and days required and the information that is requested. 


Stationery Requirements for 2019

Click on the link below.




Community of Schools

Some of you may have read a statement in the November 23 edition of the Eastern Courier School (from the other 4 schools in our Farm Cove Cluster) that they have agreed to join together in a Community of Learning (CoL). You might be wondering what a CoL is, and also be wondering why our school name is not there as well. The reason very simply, is that after much deliberation, consideration and debate, your Board of Trustees and staff have chosen not to opt to join the CoL.
The National Government decided two years ago via the ‘Investing in Educational Success programme’ to begin an initiative to cluster schools into Communities of Learning (CoLs). A CoL is supposed to mean that the schools in the CoL would work together on raising the achievement for learners throughout their schooling pathway. Forming or being part of a CoL is voluntary and not a requirement for schools. Despite much encouragement and persuasion, this initiative has not been widely accepted or taken up by most schools in New Zealand.
In theory, schools in a CoL would have both in-school and across-school leadership opportunities for staff in order for them to work together, investigate teacher practice, and provide opportunities for growth to be more effective in their teaching and to improve student achievement. To qualify for any funding all CoLs have to have MoE approved ‘achievement challenges’. The challenges the MoE are prepared to sign off relate to targets around improving student improvement and National Standards, something that ERO recognised in their most recent review as an area that we are already succeeding in “The school responds effectively to all children whose learning and achievement need acceleration”
Considerable time was spent collaborating with the schools in the Farm Cove cluster looking for trends and similarities in our achievement data in order to find common areas of need on which to focus the achievement challenges/goals. However, it became apparent that the goals required by the cluster of schools were not going to meet the achievement needs of our students. As a result, the Board and staff feel it is best to focus on our school and our students so we can set achievement challenges tailored for, and suited specifically to our own school community. Participating in the CoL would mean that we would have to compromise on our own goals for our students which as you will clearly understand, does not sit well with us.
Although we have chosen not to be part of this CoL we will continue to be an active part of the traditional Farm Cove Cluster of schools and in particular continue to foster our close relationship with Farm Cove Intermediate. We wish those schools joining the CoL every success.

ERO Report The school received a very favourable ERO report as a consequence the next ERO report will be in five years. You can read the report by clicking on this text. ERO Report 2017 


Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Short homestay required for visiting Chinese students more...


Community Notices
Wakaaranga community notices. Term 1, Week 2 2019
School Property Caretaker
School Property Caretaker's Schedule of Duties
2019 Term dates for Wakaaranga
Term 1 Wednesday 30 January-Thursday 12 April Term 2 Monday 29 April-Friday 5 July Term 3 Monday 22 July-Friday 27 September Term 4 Monday 14 October-Friday 13 December