Parent Information

Please find below some useful information

School Hours

8.55am                 Children go to classrooms
9.00am                School Bell - roll call
10.40-11.00am   Morning Interval
12.30-1.30pm     Lunch Break
3.00pm                End of School

It is expected that parents will have children at school before 8.55am. Punctuality is important. During the first 10 minutes of the day teachers:

  • Greet the class
  • Take the roll
  • Give important notices
  • Set up the plan for the day
  • Review what has been learnt
  • Set the tasks for a lesson

This time is vital for a child to feel settled and connected with their peers, teacher and most importantly their learning. Students need time in the morning to prepare their belongings and make themselves ready for the day. Please keep this in mind when planning your arrival time.


Any Change to a Normal School Day
In the event of a change to the normal school day, for example, late start or school closure – we will notify you by the following mechanisms - Radio Wanaka (92.2FM), the Wanaka Primary School Flexibuzz App, the Wanaka App, the school website and our Facebook page.

Attendance at School and Notification of Absence
By law, no child should be absent from school without sufficient reason. If your child is absent from school please contact us as early as possible on the morning of their absence, either by text, app, email or phone. Please provide your child’s name, room number and the reason for their absence e.g. doctor, dentist, medical, family, holiday.

If a child arrives at school after 9am or if it is necessary for parents or caregivers to take children out of school, either from class or at break times, we ask that you ensure that the class teacher is informed, and the child is signed in/out at the office.

Extended Leave from School
If you wish to take your child out of school for a holiday or extended time, please advise the office in advance. A pupil leave request form will need to be completed and leave approved by the principal.


Contact Us:
Phone:              443 7687
Mobile:             021 197 7687 (texts only – we do not answer this phone)
Office Hours:  8am-4pm

Our school newsletter is published on Tuesday. To subscribe to the newsletter – click here - follow the easy steps - you will then receive our weekly newsletter via email. The newsletter will keep you up-to-date with news and up-coming events happening in the school.

Wanaka Primary School has a facebook page – remember to LIKE us to see the latest updates, news and celebrations.

Mobile Phone App
Wanaka Primary School has its own App for mobile phones.

To get the App on your phone:

  • Search 'Flexibuzz' in your app store and click 'Sign Up' - enter your details
  • Select the 'Search' icon and type in Wanaka Primary School
  • Click the 'Add' icon besides Parents
  • Click the 'Home' icon bottom left corner then select 'Enter Here'

The Wanaka Primary School App will allow you to:

  • View the School Calendar
  • Advise Student Absences
  • Advise Bus Changes
  • Link you to our School Website
  • Receive notification of events, reminders and alerts

Familiarise yourself with the 'Student Absence' and 'Bus Changes' sections. These allow you to message the school if your child is absent or if there is a change to your bus schedule.

Another useful App to have is the Wanaka App. This can also be obtained via the App Store and if there are important messages, e.g. delayed opening or school closure, these notifications will come via this App. The Wanaka App also has a school section, where you will find our newsletter and facebook page.

Dental Clinic

The Dental Clinic is situated at school by the Totara Terrace entrance carpark. The dental therapist may be contacted on 443 7185.

Edge Parent Portal

Our student management system, Edge, allows caregivers to login and view the following information:

  • Contact details
  • School reports (mid-year and year end)
  • Financial details
  • Attendance summary

The login page for Edge is: Your username for Edge is your email address that we have recorded for you. If you do not have a password, use the 'Forgot Password?' link and a password will be emailed to you.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency measures have been developed at our school. Realistic common-sense procedures have been established among the staff and children to decrease anxiety and the possibility of panic in the case of an emergency. We should then all have a better chance of responding effectively if such a situation should occur. Any decision to send pupils home following an emergency will be made by the Principal. No student will be entrusted to anyone other than parents, caregivers or persons nominated by parents or caregivers.

First Aid

Should a child have an accident which requires more than minor first aid treatment, we will contact St John and parents will be informed as soon as possible. Please advise the office and class teacher if your child needs to take any form of medication during the day - medication is administered in the Medical Room. All injuries are recorded in the medical log. Sudden minor illnesses are dealt with in the Medical Room and appropriate action is taken.

Food Allergies

We have children enrolled at Wanaka Primary School who have potentially life-threatening allergies to both eggs and all nuts. Whilst the children are aware of the need not to share any food or drink and staff are informed of their medical condition, it is helpful if parents do not send food to school with their children which contain egg or peanut butter fillings or nuts of any kind. This is to minimise the likelihood or an adverse reaction.

Health Advice

We have a Public Health Nurse, Pip McLean, who is available to discuss any health concerns you may have about your child.  You can contact Pip by phone 027 283 9395 or email

School Banking

The school offers a banking service for your children with the Wanaka branch of Westpac. Banking day is Thursday and staff from Westpac process children’s bank books in reception between 8.30-9am.

School Donation and Activity Fee

School Donation
The voluntary annual donation is set by the Board of Trustees. All donations are acknowledged with Tax Deductible Receipts (which generate a tax rebate from Inland Revenue).

Activity Fee
The school has many opportunities for enhanced curriculum experiences such as visiting performers and class trips. To avoid charging parents throughout the year for these activities we ask for an activity fee to be paid to the school at the beginning of the year to cover these costs.

We accept payment by the following methods:

  • Direct Credit
  • Eftpos
  • Cash / Cheque

If you wish to pay by direct credit, the school’s bank account details are:

  • Account Name:  Wanaka Primary School
  • Bank:  BNZ Wanaka
  • Account No.:  02-0673-0023784-001

Please ensure you include your child’s name and reason for payment so the payment can be clearly identified.

School Education Services

The school maintains contact with, and utilises when necessary, a variety of outside specialist agencies including: Ministry of Education, Health-Care Otago, School Library Service, Education Review Office (E.R.O.), Speech Therapists, Special Education Services, Teachers of the Deaf, R.E.A.P., Police Education Officer, etc. Should any child require any of the above services, parents are informed.

School Lunches

We are a health promoting school and our aim is to instill healthy eating practices in our students. Please help us by providing a piece or fruit or raw vegetable for play lunch and something nutritious for lunch. We encourage children to drink water as a brain drink and ask that sweet and fizzy drinks are not brought to school. Lunch is eaten under the shade sails or verandahs on fine days and inside classrooms on wet/cold days. There are four/five adults on duty during playtime and lunch breaks. We ask parents to send food in containers that can be taken home. We aim for zero rubbish so expect children to place wrappings back into their lunch box or put straight into the bin before going off to play.

Subway lunches can be ordered on Fridays - orders need to be completed on-line before 9.00am -  Lunches are delivered to school at lunchtime.

School Photos

Class and individual photos are taken annually, usually in October, by a reputable studio and offered for purchase.

School Tribes

Wanaka Primary School Tribes are based on the traditional house concept. Each child is placed in one of our 6 tribes which are named after NZ native birds – Takahe (blue), Piwakawaka (red), Kea (orange), Kakariki (green), Mohua (yellow) and Tui (black and white). The tribes get together twice each term and take part in friendly competition in both physical and cultural activities that promote well-being, togetherness and teamwork within the student body. During these exchanges the values of our school are always promoted and encouraged.

School Trips - Education Outside The Classroom

As part of the education programme, day visits or overnight camps are undertaken by classes. These are valuable extensions of the class programme and involve a large amount of planning work and organisation. Their value to students is well proven. Parent help on such excursions is essential and any offers of assistance with transport or supervision at these times are greatly appreciated.

School Uniform

Wanaka Primary School has a compulsory school uniform – click here for information on the standard uniform items.


Stationery lists are issued at the end of each year – click here to view stationery lists. No stationery is sold from the school.

Student Behaviour

Wanaka Primary School promotes and expects high standards of behaviour from all students whilst they are in our care. We expect students to be well-mannered, have respect for others and for property and the environment. We treat this as an important area of learning for all our students and we will inform parents of any more serious or repeated inappropriate behaviour and seek parental support. Restorative Justice practices are followed throughout the school and the staff members follow this process with consistency. Click here for more information on Restorative Practices at Wanaka Primary School.

Transport Options

Click here to find out information on buses, cycle and walking routes, driving and using pick up and drop off areas.