Where are we?
Our school is situated on a flat, scenic and sunny site, at the Northern end of Upper Hutt, four kilometres north of the Upper Hutt City Centre. It is surrounded by bush-clad hills near the Hutt River junction with the Akatarawa River. We have fantastic outdoor spaces and our large playing field borders Rata Park and Birchville Kindergarten.
Our school was opened in 1979 and we have four main variable teaching spaces and a large hall. Our teaching spaces are named after Gemstones in line with the street names in our local community. Sapphire is currently the base learning space for our Year 4 - 6 learners, Moonstone is currently the base learning space for some of our Year 3 learners, Emerald is currently the base learning space for our Year 1 and Year 2 learners and Greenstone is the base learning space for our New Entrants.
We also have an administration block, and our library completes the colourful well maintained buildings. We have continued to develop our environment to ensure we meet the needs of today's learners which means that we have had a huge focus on providing a flexible modern learning environment which caters to a range of learners and learning styles.
We are high speed broadband capable and we pride ourselves on students having ready access to technology, when appropriate, as this can make a discernible difference to their engagement with learning tasks.
We have a close relationship with our kindergarten are jointly working on developing a strong sense of 'wider' community.
Who are our people?
Our school community is a mix of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with our roll reflecting the multi cultural nature of New Zealand society. The children are drawn from established ribbon development areas, developing urban areas, farms and small rural lifestyle blocks.
We maintain a high profile within the community and a true partnership between parents, staff, children and the community exists . We operate in a strong and supportive culture. Active parental involvement in all aspects of the children’s education is encouraged.
What do we do?
Alongside a strong focus on academic achievement, we offer a huge range of extra opportunities for the children. These currently include the opportunity to learn music (guitar, keyboard, drums) a wide range of individual and team sports, play on scooters, ride bikes on our BMX track and many more!
We also have a whole school wide approach to Kapahaka with a smaller performance group who regularly have the opportunity to share their skills with others.
Our student leaders coordinate many of our school activities such as assemblies, lunchtime library activities, front office, sporting activities, our student section on the website, our environment group (Ecowarriors) and our school discos.