The school derives its pupils from Waikari Village urban area as well as the surrounding rural farming area. There is a wide socio-economic range in the community – ranging from families with young children to retired persons who have lived in the district all their lives.

Parents are very supportive in school: class programmes, sports programmes, grounds maintenance, transporting children, camps, class trips and fundraising.

Facilities available to residents include the school pool, Hawarden Community Library, community centre and a playground in the village. At Waikari there is swimming, fishing, trekking, a playground, community centre, tennis courts, camping ground, medical centre and shops.

Amberley the closest town, offers a medical centre, district library, covered swimming pool, bowling green, supermarket and other shops, hotels, restaurants and cafes. The school is close to the Waipara wine growing district and the Hanmer Springs Thermal resort and ski fields are about 1 – 1.5 hours distance.

The school contributes to Hurunui College some 8 kms away.