Waitotara School will provide a supportive environment where students will achieve the skills and attitudes needed to be confident learners in the 21st century.

Waitotara School has been operating since 1874. We accommodate the learning needs of students from years 1 to 8. Our school has excellent facilities and has been fully refurbished following the devastating floods of February 2004, and has had continual upgrades since then. We are located in pleasant surroundings adjacent to the township of Waitotara, just off State Highway 3. We have a supportive school (and wider) community.


Being a small, rural school has many advantages for our children. We are involved in a Cluster group with other schools from both the rural and urban areas, and we regularly get together with these schools for sporting events and competitions, science fairs, art and any other events which may be introduced into the curriculum during the year.kidsworking

Year 7 and 8 children have the opportunity to travel to Wanganui to attend Technology classes that include woodwork, sewing, cooking, etc. We encourage parental help at our school. There are many areas where this help is invaluable, including various out of school trips and activities, and our end of year function.In 2009 we became a Duffy Books in Schools school. This is a wonderful programme where we receive free books regularly for all the children. We are also a Fruit in Schools school, where we receive beautiful seasonal fruit delivered twice a week to school for all children and staff and more recently have become part of the Fonterra Milk in Schools programme. We become involved in many other activities throughout the year such as:

  • Technology Challenge
  • South Taranaki Library visits
  • World Vision Kids for Kids Concerts
  • Close relationship with the Department of Conservation and planting of our local River Mouth
  • Duffy Assemblies
  • Life Education

Visits and activities at local art galleries and museums.