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 community is a mix of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds with our roll reflecting the multicultural 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.
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 5 – 6 learners
Moonstone is currently the base learning space for our Year 3 – 4 learners
Emerald is currently the base learning space for our Year 0 – 2 learners
We have a really close relationship with Birchville Kindergarten and have weekly visits every Wednesday. We are always looking at ways to develop a stronger sense of ‘wider’ community in this space.
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 also have been putting a big focus into developing the outdoor environment with a wonderful playground, outdoor discovery space, and lots more to come!
We pride ourselves on students having ready access to a well stocked library, a variety of digital tools and an ever growing focus on approaches to learning that uses, Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Maths as starting points to guide student inquiry, discussions and critical thinking. Technology further enhances and makes learning more engaging as well as providing our children with the essential digital competencies they will need in our rapidly changing world.