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The Wairere Way

At Wairere emphasis is placed on the key learning areas of Literacy and Numeracy, and we pride ourselves on our interesting and innovative programmes. Students are given opportunities to become confident users of technology and to develop the skills to be lifelong learners.

Reports & Parent Meetings

A Meet and Greet is organised in Term 1 with parents/whānau. These meetings enable us to share information and to discuss ways to assist with individual student’s learning. Our School Curriculum is focussed on our students needing to be actively involved in the learning process and needing to accept accountability and responsibility for their progress and achievement. This is all part of students becoming reflective of their learning, explaining their learning achievements, and looking at areas for further improvement. Student led Conferences are organised for the end of Term 2. In helping to strengthen the partnership between home and school reports are sent home twice yearly.

Buddy Reading

Each child is paired with another to listen and read to every second Friday.  The purpose of this is to provide additional reading practice, to build positive relationships between junior and senior pupils and to enhance self-esteem.


Students visit our well stocked library on a regular basis and are allowed 3 books out at a time.  They must have a book bag to protect books.  Books need to be returned weekly so that more can be issued to foster a love of books and reading for recreation.

Launch Pad

This is for half an hour on Thursday morning.  The teachers follow the Launchpad - Christian Values Education Programme -all students participate in this unless parents request otherwise. This is discussed as part of the enrollment process.

Home Thinking, Learning & Creating

We believe a small amount of regular home thinking, learning and creating builds good study habits.  This will usually be based on reading, mathematics and spelling.  We encourage Parents/Caregivers to regularly listen to students reading, and to talk about what they have been doing at school. The class blogs are a good starting point for this.

Behaviour Management

Wairere School has a Positive Behaviour Management Programme in place to ensure our school is a safe place for all students. With parents' support, we aim for our students to take personal responsibility for their behaviour.

School Trips

We have two school trips during the year as part of Discovery Day along with class trips planned as part of the classroom programme.  The students either travel by bus or car and parents/caregivers are kept up to date with events through the newsletter or on our Facebook page.  Permission for local trips is taken as a given with a form signed at enrolment - if you have concerns about this please contact us at school.

Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC)

As part of our Education Outside the Classroom the senior class usually have a camp each year.  These camps (city, beach, and bush) aimed at providing the children with experiences they would not normally get in the school environment.  The other classes have organised day trips.

School Teams

We have three school teams Kaimai, Wardville and Turanga-o-Moana.  These teams are used for various activities including sports and after lunch playground clean-ups. Teams earn points, which are collated over the term and at the end of the year there is an overall winner.

Parent Help

We welcome offers of help, and need support in many ways particularly for sports coaching, fundraising, working bees etc.  If you would like to assist please contact the office at school.

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'Quality Education In A Caring Environment'

Zero Bully Tolerance, with great teacher to student ratios

'Community focus, we are one big family'

No zoning requirements, 10min drive from Matamata