Welcome to Waikawa Bay School

Kia ora koutou katoa

Waikawa Bay School is a small contributing primary school situated in the residential area of Waikawa Bay, Picton, which has the backing of a strong community. Waikawa Pa School opened in 1877; it was established on the old nine-acre landing reserve known as ‘The Oaks’. In 1928 the school was completely destroyed by a fire. A temporary school was established until the Waikawa Bay School opened on the current site in October 1929.

The school roll has grown over the last 5 years and we currently have around 150 children ranging from New Entrant to Year 6. Waikawa Bay School is extremely proud of its identity; from the quality of the programme provided on a day-to-day basis to the outstanding and welcoming presentation of the surrounding grounds and buildings.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and learning programme, knowing that we have strength in our core curriculum, Reading, Writing and Maths. Students enjoy the opportunity of taking part in a diverse range of activities including Education Outside the Classroom, Physical Education/Sport, PMP and Kapa Haka.

The school culture, ‘The Waikawa Way’, is based on William Glasser’s Choice Theory. The Waikawa Way is how we relate to each other as adults and children. It is our language, our behaviour management, the way we are! The Connecting Habits and the Five Basic Needs are important aspects that support us to be managers of our own choice making.

We are proud of Waikawa Bay School and what it has to offer the children.

Principal's Blog

My name is Willem Lampe. In 2013 I was appointed as Principal of Waikawa Bay School. I have enjoyed 12 years in education, teaching in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. I am married to Heidi, also a teacher, and have three pre-school aged children.

It’s a real privilege to lead such a wonderful school with fantastic students, excellent staff and very supportive community and Board of Trustees. We are focused on creating a caring community of learners where everyone matters and children achieve success.