Waikari School provides education for students from Year 0-Year 8. We currently receive an allocation of 2.54FTTE’s (full time teacher equivalents) from the Ministry of Education. Waikari School operates 2 classrooms: Weka (Year 0-3) & Kea (Year 4-8). Our class sizes are comparatively small when compared to those within inner city schools and is often a priority choice for parents. Waikari School has 1-1 communication devices (ipads, chromebooks and laptops) available to all students.

We offer music lessons on a Friday including ukulele, guitar and drums. We provide kapahaka lessons which are thoroughly enjoyed by the children. We have a heated swimming pool also available for community use.
The school has a woodshed for children to create with hammer and nails.

At Waikari School, we are very well resourced and invite experts across the curricula to come and work with our students. We are a part of a learning cluster of schools that include: Omihi, Greta Valley and Waipara Schools. We have a partnership with Greta Valley School combining with several activities including camps in 2018. Year 7 & 8 student’s attend manual training at Hurunui College during the year. Year 7 and 8 children also attend Ara (Christchurch Polytech ) termly to explore future career choices.

At Waikari School we take pride in the many activities that we are involved in outside of the classroom especially in our local community.

Values are deeply held beliefs detailing what our Waikari School community consider to be most important for our learners to enable them to succeed in both their local and global environments. The following values are encouraged, modelled and reflected upon in everyday school life at Waikari School.

P R I D E: (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Difference & Excellence)

Waikari School encourages community support and involvement through regular school and community newsletters, informing everybody about up-coming events and meetings.

At Waikari School, the Board of Trustees help to determine the direction of the school and work towards implementing a safe, caring and challenging environment for young people through strong governance.

Children have been taught at Waikari School since 1882. In 2021 and beyond, we will continue to provide high-interest learning opportunities with a focus on individual needs using up-to-date pedagogy and learning tools. Waikari School students develop both the life skills and knowledge necessary to successfully participate and succeed in our rapidly changing world. Waikari School is where children develop: Confidence, Curiosity & Respect!

Yvonne Blair