Waikawa Bay School - opportunity - effort - succes

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 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 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 - 11am, 11.25 - 1:00, and 1:50 - 3:00. 

Parent Communication

We the App HERO for communication - please contact us to arrange access. Our Facebook page is also updated regularly. .


Stationary lists for each class are availoable from the office - Parents/Caregivers are able to source stationery requirements from any provider.

Fundraising Group

Please email the Principal (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 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. 


Waikawa Bay School uniform is compulsory.

Policy Review

Our school has been working with SchoolDocs to create a website for our policies and procedures.

The school works on a subscription basis with SchoolDocs to maintain, update, and review our policies. SchoolDocs provides us with a comprehensive core set of policies, which have been well researched and follow the Ministry of Education National Administration Guidelines. The policies and procedures are tailored to our school, and the school supplies specific information such as our charter, and procedures for behaviour management, reporting to parents, etc.

SchoolDocs updates, modifies, or creates policies in response to changes in legislation or Ministry guidelines, significant events, reviews/requests from schools, and regular reviewing from the SchoolDocs team. Our board of trustees has the opportunity to view changes/additions and comment on them before they are implemented. We will advise you when policies are up for review and how you can take part in the review.

We invite you to visit the site at https://waikawabay.schooldocs.co.nz (note that there's no "www."). Our username is "waikawabay" and password "waitohi".

Waikawa Bay School

Phone: (03) 5736636