WAINUI SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Type of School:
Wainui School is a co-educational, rural, state, full primary school U4, Decile 9.
To create an environment that equips our students with the skills to pursue life’s challenges with confidence, creativity, energy, determination and to be connected and active 21st Century learners.
The goals for children at our school are:
. To ensure all children reach their learning potential by raising levels of student achievement in Literacy, Numeracy & Inquiry.
. To ensure we have school wide assessment systems in line with National Standards and current research that informs teaching and learning which meets reporting requirements.
. To strengthen practices and procedures for communicating and consulting with all stakeholders.
. To plan for and provide an authentic future focussed approach to learning.
. To attract and retain students.
. To develop a cohesive plan for property and environmental improvement and sustainability.
. To continue to support learners with special needs to engage in all learning activities.
. To strengthen the staff’s ability to improve practice through targeted professional development to raise student achievement.
The 5Rs : Respectful, Relational, Resilient, Resourceful, Reflective
Description of the Community:
Wainui School is a rural school with a long history. It was started in 1879 in a single classroom which survives to this day, restored as an example of an early New Zealand school at the Museum of Transport and Technology’s Pioneer Village. The majority of our pupils are drawn from the farming areas of Tahekeroa, Upper Waiwera, Upper Orewa and of course Wainui itself. We are, however, beginning to enrol children from further afield. While traditionally a farming area, the make-up of the school has changed somewhat in the last ten years. Most of the contributing families are now small holding ‘life-style block’ owners, city or towns-people who have moved into the area to experience the quieter rural life. The school still has members from some of the original settlers in the area. With an open enrolment zone, students choose to come from Millwater, Red Beach and Kaukapakapa. Many occupations are represented by the school’s parents / caregivers, with many commuting to the North Shore or to the city. Many children use the daily bus service to travel to and from school.
Description of the School:
Wainui School is set back from Waitoki Road and is surrounded by farmland and bordered by native bush, which is owned by the school. This school is approximately 50 km from Central Auckland City, 14 km from Orewa on the Hibiscus Coast and 12 km from Silverdale.
The school consists of 11 classrooms, a hall and staff room, Music Room, Art Room, Technology Rooms, Resource Room, Library and an Administration Block.
There is also a swimming pool, and a school house on the side of the driveway. Other outside facilities include a sports field, tennis/netball courts, and 2 exciting adventure playgrounds (junior and senior children). All facilities are kept well-maintained.
Included within the school’s boundaries is a large area of bush with a stream running through it near the edge of the playing field.
Roll growth is increasing and we currently have a roll of 270 pupils.
As a full primary, we cater for children from the New Entrant level up to Year 8. On completion of their schooling at Wainui the majority of our pupils move to Orewa College, although a few undertake secondary education at a school on the North Shore, Helensville or in Auckland City.
Our Teaching and Learning Team use Inquiry Based Learning, Integrating Information, Communication Technology (ICT) and infusing Thinking Skills into the holistic programmes to encourage independent, critical and creative thinkers.
Professional learning is highly valued and well supported by the Board of Trustees. The school encompasses a balance of tradition and innovation to prepare students for their future as lifelong learners.