Our School

Wanaka is an area where wine growing and tourism abound as the growing industries. Nearby we have a lake, fabulous hills and scenic tracks which enable us to take advantage of many E.O.T.C activities such as aquatics, Nordic and alpine skiing and exploring the local area.

Wanaka School has close warm relationships with students, parents and the community. Our strengths are in the integrated, school wide programmes and quality teaching we provide. Teachers strive to provide well balanced learning programmes, where inquiry, critical thinking, co-operative learning strategies and digital literacies are an integral part of our approaches. We provide extra programmes for our at risk students and for our more able students over and above the work undertaken in the classroom. Literacy and numeracy have a high priority.

Wanaka School’s learning environment shows the value we place on the arts. We have a strong sporting involvement. We are an ‘Active School’ and also an ‘Enviroschool’ ’Ongoing curriculum and teaching reviews ensure goals are set and worked towards to advance the learning environments provided for our students. The staff benefits from a strong professional development programme. We value our supportive student welfare processes with staff modelling appropriate negotiation and mediation skills through our ‘Restorative Justice’ programmes and philosophy and we are proud of our harmonious, happy school culture. We pride ourselves in the development of the ‘all roundedness’ of our students.

Wanaka Primary School is a learning community where we strive to make a real difference for our students within a supportive, yet dynamic atmosphere. We aim to promote educative achievement, both individually and collectively to the highest possible standard. We create opportunities for and stimulate learning, academic achievement, personal growth, physical wellbeing, social development and cultural awareness and appreciation.

Our school mission statement is ‘Empowering a Community of Learners’.