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General Info

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 140 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 includingEducation Outside the Classroom, Physical Education/Sport and Kapa Haka.

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

General School Information

Bell Times

Our school day is split up into 3 learning blocks; 8:55 - 10:30, 10:55 - 1:00, and 1:50 - 3:00. 

Parent Communication

We send out a school newsletter every second Thursday. This is emailed out to parents and also put on our school Facebook page. Please see Megan or Sarah if you do not recieve the newsletter by email or you would like to. Our Facebook page is also updated daily, please refer to it for teacher notices and school events. 

Payments (Donations, Stationary)

School donations are $40 per family, per year. Stationary is $15 per child, per year. Journal covers are also available to purchase from the office for $10. Payments can be made online, or at the school office. See Megan in the office or check out our school newsletter for our bank account number. 


We have an active PTA group here at Waikawa Bay School who do regular fundraising and help run events. Please see the Principal if you are interested in joining or helping out. 

Reporting to Parents 

In Term 1 we hold a 3-way conference to build a learner profile on every child. This process involves parents, the teacher/s and the student all being involved. At the end of Term 2 every student will recieve a mid year report where they are based on progress or achievement against the National Standard. These reports are accompanied by Student-Led Conferences in early Term 3. At the end of Term 4, all children get another report based on their progress or achievement against the National Standards. Parents are welcome to make an appointment any time to talk to their child's teacher.  

Subway Orders

Every Thursday students have the option to order Subway for lunch. Order forms are available at the office and can also be completed online. Order forms and money need to be into the office by 8:55 on Thursday morning. 


2019 - All starting new entrant students are expected to have correct WBS uniform. All other students (excluding Year 6) are expected to wear a WBS Polo Shirt and Polar Fleece.

2020 - Waikawa Bay School uniform is compulsory.

Waikawa Bay School

Phone: (03) 5736636