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Why Waitākiri Primary School?

Our Brand New Schoolwhy01
Waitākiri Primary School is brand new purpose built school built in 2015.  Our school is safe and is focused on the enviroment. We have a large central courtyard with beautiful gardens. The school was designed to maximise learning opportunities for children through collaborative teaching in flexible spaces. The learning studios provide spaces for children to learn in large or small groups or independently depending on the learning activity.

Our people
At Waitākiri our staff and children are friendly and caring. We take an interest in everyone's well-being at school.  We are a school of REAL heroes which means we are Respectful, Encouragers, Achievers and Lifelong Learners.
We encourage diversity and respect people from other
cultures. Our staff and children are bucket fillers, where we
each have an invisible bucket with the singular purpose of
holding good thoughts and feelings about ourselves.

Environment Friendly
Waitākiri School has an Enviroschools GreenGold Status, meaning that we are looking after our environment in every possibly way.  This is the highest award available. We have solar panels on our roof to help our power usage and our student led Enviroteam has a busy schedule - look at what we have and what they look after!
  • Orchard and vegetable garden
  • Butterfly garden
  • Worm farm
  • School chickens
  • Market day - each week selling our own produce and worm tea, sandwich wraps and reusable straws
  • Nood Food - encouraging all children to bring food in containers, no wrappers 
  • Pack in, pack out - children take all morning tea/lunch rubbish home (or even better bring nood food) - we do not have rubbish bins
  • CHOICE cafe reusable cups and cup library
  • Recycle and reuse - everything that can be recycled or reused is!

Sport and Extra Curricular Activities
We have many activities and clubs children can join and attend. Some run over a year, term or season and others they can attend on the days they run.  Many run at lunchtime after the children have eaten lunch.

Hagley Sport – Netball, Soccer, Hockeywhy05
Rippa Rugby
Future Ferns Netball
School, Zone and Canterbury Cross Country
Jump Jam
School, Zone and Canterbury Athletics
Rawhiti Touch Rugby
Minijammers & Jammers Basketball
School, Zone and Canterbury Swimming
School, Zone and Canterbury Athletics
Chess Club
Gaga Dogdeball
Dance Crew
Kapa Haka
Dance Crew
Tinkering with Tools
Crochet Club
Aspring Leaders
Enviro/Garden Club
Student Council
Chinese Folk Dance
Road Patrol
Art Extension

Home Learning
At Waitākiri School we do not have 'homework' that children take home. The only learning that is required to be completed are basic facts (maths) and reading each night. In addition we have the option of Year 4 - 6 students completing Home Learning REAL Challenges, which are completed at home with the support of family members. There is a wide range of options for students to choose from, or they can "design their own challenge".  Please see the attached booklets for further information.

                    Year 4 - Rata                             Year 5 - Harekeke                                 Year 6 - Pounamu