Description of Hurupaki School

Hurupaki School is situated approximately 8 kms North West of Whangarei City.  It is a Decile 8 school with a fluctuating roll of around 300 children.

The school is well resourced and is set within spacious grounds containing a swimming pool, a large school hall and state-of-the-art library.  The child-focused play areas include extensive sports fields, adventure playground, netball/tennis courts, a junior ‘pirate ship’ playground adjoining a ‘desert island’ sandpit. A challenging climbing frame – the ‘Roplay Ball’, a fitness trail and a new 506m long bike track.

The children take great pride in their friends, their school and its environment and reflect our motto “Hurupaki Cares”.  A special feature of our school is the fact that it sits at the foot of Hurupaki Mountain where a wetland area has been developed.  This unique resource is our focus for environmental education and is also used for study by other schools and educational organisations. Our children, from Year One to Year Six, work hard in their environment to keep it healthy and attractive.  We have a Silver Enviroschools award for our commitment to creating this sustainable environment.

Our teachers are a dedicated team of professionals who work together to deliver the highest standards of education, in its widest sense, to our children.  Our support staff are an integral part of the team and together their enthusiasm and commitment to ongoing professional development and training helps us be the best we can be.

The Hurupaki Kindergarten is located on school grounds on the Three Mile Bush Road boundary.  They have an active relationship with our school and are able to use our facilities as needed.

Our school community includes a significant number of adults who assist us by taking an interest in giving our children the best opportunities as they start out in life.  They may be helping in the classroom or with resources on a regular basis, attending school camps, fundraising, sharing particular expertise or bringing the whole family in for a “working bee” in our wetlands. Educare offer an after school service on the school grounds for working parents.

Fundamental to our school community is the ‘Support Group’ – not only do they raise funds, they also organise social functions that underpin the community feeling of our school.

We are driven by sound Principles from the New Zealand curriculum: high expectations; learning to learn; Treaty of Waitangi; community engagement; cultural diversity; coherence; inclusion and future focus.

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2017 ERO Report Celebration