Waikanae Primary School The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Ngā mokopuna o te ra nei Ngā rangatire o āpōpō.

Operating Information

Board of Trustees Financial Support

Each year the Board of Trustees budgets a certain amount of money which is available to assist families to finance their children's participation in School activities. Parents who need financial assistance for student activities should contact the Principal in the first instance.

 Bus Services

To be eligible for bus services, children under 10 must live 3.2 kms from the nearest state school by the shortest route, whilst children over 10 must live 4.8 km from the nearest state school. Click here to obtain the School Transport Assistance Application Form if you wish your child to travel to and from school for free. This application is only necessary on the North/South Beach and Peka Peka bus services. A separate  form needs to be completed for each child 

Beach Buses  

There are two buses servicing the North and South Beach.  These are commercial routes and a Term Pass may be obtained from Mana Bus Company if students meet eligibility criteria.  Eligibility is determined by completion of the School Transport Application for Assistance Form which is available from the school office.  Both buses are shared with St Patricks and Kapanui Schools.  They are the first buses to depart in the afternoon.         

Reikorangi Bus

This service operates as a primary/secondary transport, collecting children from the bus stops along Ngatiawa and Rangiora Roads. The service leaves Rangiora at 8.05am and Waikanae School at 3.35pm in the afternoon. 

Peka Peka Bus

This service operates as a primary/secondary transport and departs Peka Peka at 8.10am. The service leaves Waikanae School at 3.45pm with secondary students from Paraparaumu College                   


1. Pupils from Reikorangi and Peka Peka share their bus with secondary students. Our bus times are affected by other schools. The Beach run includes students attending Kapanui and St Patricks and again, our time may be affected by the closure of these schools, particularly at the end of the term.

2. Behaviour. It is essential that drivers can do the jobs they are paid for, without dealing with unacceptable behaviour. Students who continue to misbehave will be prevented from using the bus service, until such time as they improve their conduct.



We are using lunchonline to provide our school canteen service. Lunch can be ordered online by going to www.lunchonline.co. nz  You will need to set up an account for each child. The lunch is then made by PartyPerfect Catering who are based at Waikanae Golf Club and delivered to school.


Dress for School

We expect parents to send their children to School in tidy, functional clothing. Parents should help their children avoid 'extremes' in dress; which often reflect extremes in behaviour and which, in turn, are not conducive to co-operative social behaviours. Jewellery and adornments for the ears should not be worn to School and are forbidden for sports activities. Parents should be aware that items are worn at the owner's risk and we can accept no responsibility for loss or damage that may arise.


Enrolment Scheme 

All students who live within the home zone described below (and/or shown on the attached map) shall be entitled to enrol at Waikanae School. The Waikanae School Home Zone shall be defined as the area between 

Waikanae and Peka Peka Beaches to the east 

all Roads off Reikorangi Road to the top of Akatarawa summit to the east

all roads off State Highway One to the north of Waikanae, up to and including Gary/Te Kowhai Road

all roads off State Highway One to the south of Waikanae to the Junction of Otaihanga Road, including Otaihanga Road to the junction with Greendale Road and all roads off Greendale Road but excluding all areas within the Kapanui School Home Zone, this being those families whose usual residence is within the area

west of State Highway One

south of but not including Greenhill Road

north of the Waikanae River

which has public access off Te Moana Road east of the Waikanae Golf Club vehicle entrance. 

Proof of residence within the home zone will be required. Each year, applications for enrolment in the following year from in-zone students will be sought by a date which will be published in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  This will enable the Board to assess the number of places which can be made available to students who live outside the home zone. 

Out of Zone Enrolments 

Each year the Board will determine the number of places which are likely to be available in the following year for the enrolment of students who live outside the home zone.  The Board will publish this information by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school.  The notice will indicate how applications are to be made and will specify a date by which all applications must be received. 

Applications for enrolment will be processed in the following order of priority: 

First Priority This priority category is not applicable at Waikanae School because Waikanae School does not run a special programme approved by the Secretary of Education. 

Second Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of current students. 

Third Priority will be given to applicants who are siblings of former students. 

Fourth Priority will be given to applicants who are children of Board employees. 

Fifth Priority will be given to all other applicants. 

If there are more applicants in the second, third, fourth, or fifth priority groups than there are places available, selection within the priority group will be by a ballot conducted in accordance with instructions issued by the Secretary under Section 11G(1) of the Education Act 1989.  Parents will be informed of the date of any ballot by notice in a daily or community newspaper circulating in the area served by the school. 

Applicants seeking second or third priority status may be required to give proof of a sibling relationship. 


General School Notices (Newsletters) 

The Principal's newsletter is printed every week and is given to the youngest child in each family to take home on Thursdays. Newsletters contain up-to-the-minute news and information about School and community activities. All changes to the School's policies will be notified in the School newsletter, so it is wise to file the newsletters for future reference. The newsletter is also posted weekly on our school web site. 

Board of Trustees matters are printed when necessary to keep parents abreast of the school matters and Board of Trustee actions.


Health Matters 

First aid is carried out promptly when accidents occur within the School. If injuries are serious or pupils become unwell during the day, their parents will be contacted immediately. 


Dental Care

 The School shares a dental nurse with Kapanui School. Regular checks are supplied free of charge. 



Routine tests are taken with students as they move through the School. Parents are notified when their children require specialist attention. 


Special Needs 

The School allocates resources every year for the provision of special needs teaching, both remedial and extension.  The resources are allocated on a needs basis and include reading recovery and intensive block programmes throughout the school year.


Student Counselling

Services are also provided for students with non-physical problems. A Resource Teacher or Learning and Behaviour Teacher is available for counselling parents and students in cases of absenteeism, stress, economic hardship or situations requiring 'tough love' techniques. Parents must give their permission before both these services can be provided. 

Parents should contact the Principal to discuss any problem they think their children may have in the above areas.



Homework is based on on-going School programmes and can usually be related to work already covered. In principle, it is set so as not to be an onerous task but one that can be comfortably completed. 

Specific details about the School's expectations are discussed with parents at the syndicate meetings at the beginning of the year.


The library is a valuable resource and approximately $10000 is allocated for spending in 2014.  Classes have one spell in the library each week. On other occasions, the library is used for researching material for projects. 


Lost Property 

All enquiries about lost property should be made to the School office. All students' property should be named. During the swimming season particularly, parents would help if they sent their children's swimming gear together in a bag. All unclaimed lost property will be gifted to a suitable charity at the end of each school term. 



Most students bring lunch to school, but a lunch service is again offered this year by the school canteen. Lunch services are provided in order to keep children at School. 

We do not allow students to leave school during school time to buy their lunch from the shops.



Our programmes at School require full participation from our students. From time-to-time, parents may want their children excluded from activities because of ill health or some other reason. In these situations, a note to a teacher is the minimum we ask, stating why the child should be excluded.


Parent Donations

This is an annual voluntary donation that the School asks all parents to make.  We rely on these donations to make up the shortfall in the Government grant and to provide resources and equipment vital for the learning needs of our students. The donation for 2014 is $70 per year for one child, $120 per year for two children and $150 per year for three or more children. 



Parental Help 

The School encourages parents to help in the classrooms. Parents wishing to offer their assistance should make this known to the class teacher concerned. Parents are reminded that while in the classroom, they must follow the teacher's instructions.


Placement of Pupils at Beginning of Year 

Waikanae School bases the movement from one room to another on student's need, bearing in mind social promotion. 


1. Staff will draw up classes for succeeding years following consultation in syndicates in November.

2. These classes will be referred to the Principal for discussion.

3. Criteria for individual placements will be based on age, maturity and intellectual development.  Factors such as emotional development will be considered also.

4. Depending on enrolments early in the New Year, classes will remain as drawn up, with additions from enrolments as they arrive.

5. No changes will be undertaken to initial placements except where roll growth necessitates new classes being established or existing classes expanded. Students will be placed according to need and left in their new classes.


Policies and Procedures

The school has been working to bring all our policies and procedures online for all stake holders.

All the school's policies and procedures are now available online at 

Just click here to be taken directly our policies and procedures.

The site requires a username and password to gain access.

The required username is  waikanae and the password is kapiti

We review our policies on a three year cycle, and use the internet to seek feedback from parents, staff, and Board members as part of that review process. An overview of the review schedule is available on the  Look for the review button at the top right hand side of the various policy pages.


Post Primary Schools

On completing their primary schooling, students may enrol at any post-primary school.

The four neighbouring secondary schools are: 

              Kapiti College, Raumati, Years 9 - 13 Phone (04) 299 5109        

              Otaki College, Otaki, Years 7 - 13, Phone (06) 364 8204           

              Paraparaumu College, Paraparaumu, Years 9 - 13, Phone (04) 9025170                  

Some parents may choose to enrol their children at private schools. 



Our area is well served by pre-school facilities. 

These include: 

              ABC Waikanae, Winara Avenue, 293 5090

              Waikanae Free Kindergarten, Russell Reserve off Ngaio Rd., 293 5583

              Waikanae Playcentre, Cnr Huia Street and Winara Avenue, 293 4835

              Waikanae Montessori Pre-School, Seddon Street, 2936135

              Te Horo Montessori Pre-School, Te Horo, 06 3643078

                  Castle Kids, 2 Queens Road, Waikanae Beach, 905 5439

              Waikanae Beach Kids, 12 Waimea Road, Waikanae Beach, 902 8380 


                                      Pre-Schools to School Transition
                                                                     Ready! Set! GO! 
We Believe…. 

Establishing quality relationships and instilling a sense of place and belonging are the key factors for a successful transition to School.
Therefore we  believe that the best way for your child to embark on this journey is through a structured programme that introduces your child to… 
  • The other students with whom they will start school
  • The teacher that they will be with for the rest of the year
  • The room that they will start school in.
Our Ready! Set! Go! Programme has a number of purposes;
It ensures that the children settle quickly into their new  surroundings. They will get to know their teacher and the school environment.  Ready! Set! Go!  takes away the unknown.
With Ready! Set! Go! our students are  set  up for success from the day they start school. If they are comfortable in their surroundings they will adjust more quickly they will get straight into their learning.
Ready! Set! Go! enables the school to embed routines ensuring that less time is taken away from the business of learning as students understand our expectations.  
New Entrant children come to school on a Wednesday afternoons for a relaxed and welcoming session. Of course parents ar welcome to stay!  We make ever endeavour to ensure that this afternoon session  is with your child's class teacher and in the room in which they will start school. 
Parents and students can come to as many sessions as you want! 
As from the start of  2015 the programme will operate on a  fornightly basis.   
Once your child is 'Ready' they can come to school  for two "real class” sessions. These visits happen on a Tuesday and Thursday and let your child get a picture of the other parts of the school day.  Tuesday 12-1pm and Thursday 10.20-11.30.  Parents will need to make bookings for these visits through the office; phone 9026544 or admin@waikanae.school.nz 
Once your child has completed the Ready! and Set! Phases they are all all Go! to start school from the day the turn 5. They will be ready to start their learning journey at Waikanae School.


Click here for more infomation on Ready Set Go


Promotion Through the School 

The Ministry of Education's policy on the classification of students in New Zealand is one of social promotion – children moving through the School with students of the same age. This system replaced the proficiency policy where children had to reach levels of attainment before they were promoted. 

Students begin primary school on their fifth birthday. This avoids interrupting pre-school programmes. Students, as a rule, are promoted at the end of the year, so a programme of continuous enrolment means that children whose birthdays fall from May to December may spend longer in the junior classes and will leave school at 13 plus.  

Waikanae is a full primary school: New Entrants to Year 8, all students leaving Year 8 begin secondary school. 


Religious Instruction 

The Board of Trustees, in accordance with some parents' wishes, gives time for religious instruction to be taught once a week. This is coordinated by the Christian Holiday Park.  Instructional material is published by the Combined Education Commission and is available for parents to view by arrangement.

This year the programme will only be offered to Years 1 to 6 students.  Students who wish to participate must 'opt in' to the programme. This privilege is open to all students. School is officially closed for this time. Normal programmes will operate for those students who do not opt in.  Click here to obtain an Opt In form.


Reporting to Parents 

February/Interviews and Meet the Teacher- This is a combination of 1:1 Parent Teacher Interviews and whole syndicate meetings designed to give Parents and Teachers the opportunity to meet and greet at the very start of the school year. The afternoon evening is divided into three parts.





April Written Report - This report is for Year 4 to 8 students only. A written report will be posted home to parents at the end of Term One. This report will give parents the Stanine Scores obtained from the assessments undertaken in February. Parents will be given between 2 and 6 test scores that compare their students to national norms in literacy and numeracy. Year 1-3 students will not receive a report as we do not have any functional assessments that compare students to national norms at this age

June / July Interviews - These interviews are part of the formal reporting process to parents on student progress and achievement. The interviews will be triangulated with students in attendance. The Data File and a National Standards Progress report will be used as a basis for discussion. Bookings for the interviews can be made via the school website.

Data Files - Data Files are sent home twice a year (June/July and November). They are used in conjunction with the mid-year interview and end of year written report to give parents greater insight into their student's progress and performance. The Data File contains benchmarked numeracy and literacy items that will enable parents to compare their child’s performance with national norms.

July Written Report- The July Report will be issued to parents at the interviews at Interview held in late June or early July. The interviews will be triangulated with students in attendance. See June-July Interview Comment. Bookings for the interviews can be made via the school website.

December Written Report– The End of Year Reports are generated for all students late in Term 4. There are three different formats for the differing age groups, these being:

1.  New Entrant

2.  Years 1 to 4

3.  Years 5 to 8

These Summative reports provide achievement information and make comparisons to National Standards and National Norms where appropriate and available. These Reports are posted home to families.

Aggregated Data - Comprehensive reports and analysis of school-wide achievement against National Norms and Standards are available on the school website.


School rules are based on the policies (4.18). Rules regarding conduct and the development of self-image are part of the day-to-day interaction in the school.



Shady School

 As part of our Shady School Policy we are a "No Hat No Play Sunsmart School".  Staff will enforce a "NO HAT, NO PLAY" at high risk Burn Times.  Therefore.....Students must wear a hat during Terms 1 and 4, at morning interval and lunchtimes, when the Sun Smart Flag is flying. 

Students not wearing hats at the above stated times will be confined to a specified shady area i.e. "NO HAT, NO PLAY".  It is hoped that by taking these actions we will be ensuring that children attending Waikanae School are protected from skin damage caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, which can lead to the serious skin cancer, melanoma, in later life.  

Students will be provided with a school hat that remains at school.  Cost of the hat will be re-couped through charges to parents.



 We expect students to participate in all of the School's organised sports. A full range is offered, covering the major codes for winter and summer. Winter sports include netball on Saturday mornings through Term Two. The School has a set of optional School clothing for team events. For inter-school fixtures, students are issued with t-shirts in the school colours. These are to be returned as soon as they have been washed. The same applies to netball skirts and bibs.


 Stationery Lists

 As these are decided on, they are published in the newsletter. Copies of the stationery lists are available from the School office and can be obtained by clicking here. All unfinished exercise books should be brought back for completion, either directly or for first copies and notes.

 The School does not sell stationery, but stationery is available from Take Note, Main Road, Waikanae.


 Teachers v Syndicates for 2016

Te Poutama - Year 7 / 8

Michelle Banks Room 14 (Deputy Principal) 

Lucy Cameron Room 15

vRachael Green -  Room 16

Nancy Williams (Lead Teacher PE/Sports)  (Lead Teacher) Room 17

Te Aramona  - Year   5 / 6

Michelle Fearon - (Assistant Principal) Room 5

Peter Corlett - (Lead Teacher ICT) Room 6

Robyn Grundmann  Room 18

Belinda Whyte Room 19


Te Waharua - Year  3/4

 Andrea Boon - (Assistant Principal) Room 1

Carly Johnson  Room 2

Kelsey Taylor Room 3

Mandy Shaw Room 4



Te Waharua - Year 1 /2 

Rosie MacKenzie Room 7

Doris Lake Room 8

Regina Castle Room 9

Katherine Schmanski Room 20

Tracy Scott-McCleary  (Lead Teacher) Room 21




The Technicraft Programme for Year Seven and Eight students is outsourced from the Raumati Technology Centre.  During 2014 students will attend Tech once a week for 1.5 hours. Students will bus to and from Raumati. At this stage, Tech Day will be Tuesday.


Trips and Visits

 Parental consent must be given for any child to be included in School trips. These are undertaken following syndicate planning, which establishes purpose and content. Parents are asked to help with transport and sometimes buses are paid for when necessary.

 It is a requirement that all motor vehicles used for the transportation of students have a current WOF and registration and seat belts for each student carried.


Waikanae School Parents Group

 The Waikanae School Parents Group was established in 1993 in order to bridge the gap between the work of the Board of Trustees, the principal and the staff of the School and the parents. It focuses its activities in five specific areas; Welcoming new parents, Social Group, Fundraising, Staff Liaison Group and the Board of Trustees Sounding Board.

 For further information on the Waikanae School Parents Group, please contact the School office. 



Whanau Support Group

The Whanau Support Group was established in 2011. As with the PTA, this group was initiated to assist with bridging the gap between the work of the Board of Trustees, the Principal and Staff and Whanau