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It was lovely to catch up with you on Tuesday. Thank you for showing me around Wairakei School. It was evident that you have a learning focussed culture as learning was dripping off the walls. The classroom environments were inspiring, language rich with displays used as references to reinforce and showcase learning.
When I visit schools, I always ask myself - would I want to send my child here? From what I saw on Tuesday the answer would be a resounding yes.
Please tell the staff how impressed I was. It was wonderful to go into a school that is focussed on the core business of learning
Best wishes for the remainder of the year. I will look forward to working with you in 2022
Chengdu No. 7 Primary-Middle School, China, Cultural Exchange to New Zealand schools - students, staff and parents.
Thanks for today. Our kids really enjoyed their visit to Wairakei School and they observed, participated and learnt a lot.
We really appreciated your powhiri and hospitality and I thank-you on behalf of the visiting Principal, students and parents. I thought your kids were absolutely awesome and it was evident there is a very strong and positive school culture at Wairakei School.
Please say a real big thanks to your students and staff and I hope that we weren’t too much of a nuisance. One of our mums did actually observe her own child interacting with some of your students and she commented just how much she was impressed with your students and how they are so friendly and welcoming.
Your students are a great credit to the school and their families.
Kevin Palmer KP Educational Consultants.
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Paula and her team provided full support in my son's transition into the school environment. He has autism and the transition from daycare to school was challenging for the entire whanau. However the school supported a prolonged period of "Steaming in to School" and he was able to attend school on his 5th birthday. Because of the support we received he settled well and is comfortable in the school environment. Paula and her team continue to support our needs and in doing so ensure that his education continues to be mainstream and a positive experience.
We have had two children come through Wairakei School from the start of their schooling lives and this is the last year for our youngest. The support from all the teachers and support staff has been outstanding and the children have thoroughly enjoyed their time spent there. The school has a very country feel and is situated in a lovely area. We shall miss it.
It makes our job a lot easier for that particular day and adds some excitement to what the kids are doing.
On behalf of all the fathers of kids that go to Wairakei School I would like to thank all the teachers for sending the kids home with mothers day cards and art work. It makes our job a lot easier for that particular day and adds some excitement to what the kids are doing. Especially if you are a dad like me and somehow do not get around to getting mum anything.
James and Leila came home with their creations and had to hide them from mum until Mothers Day.
A great family atmosphere; the teachers are very welcoming, encouraging parent interaction.
The decision to move our children from one school to Wairakei Primary School was huge, but from our first meeting with Paula Farquhar we were impressed with her welcoming demeanour, professionalism and the schools learning culture.Our children not only settled in well within the first few weeks, they have gone on to excel. Our eldest child only spent one year at Wairakei Primary School before moving onto Intermediate but this was the best preparation we could have asked for. Wairakei Primary School has a great family atmosphere; the teachers are very welcoming, encouraging parent interaction.Steve and
Wairakei Primary School has very much been a part of the process in encouraging our children to have a sense of not just what they are able to achieve, but also a sense of their own self-worth, a sense of who they are.
By the end of this year we will have completed our 9th consecutive year at Wairakei Primary School. With Hugh in Year 6 next year we will end out time at the school neatly at a decade! And what a diverse and colourful time it has been.
Over the years our three children have been blessed with a wonderful array of teachers, supporting staff, and school management. Through the highs and lows, the good time and the more arduous ones, our children have been encouraged, nurtured, challenged and loved. They have been offered many lessons both inside and outside the classroom under the school umbrella. These lessons are always easier to learn in a safe and caring environment, which is what I believe the school has been able to offer.
Wairakei School has very much been a part of the process in encouraging our children to have a sense of not just what they are able to achieve, but also a sense of their own self-worth, a sense of who they are. While learning to be part of a team is an important aspect of school life, encouraging unique creativity and individuality is also honoured and supported.
I always enjoy seeing, hearing, and reading about the diverse range of successes that are celebrated. From a child remembering to bring his or her homework book back every day, or making an effort towards a goal be it having a positive attitude to life and learning or challengining onself to moving up a reading level, to winning a national sporting championship or a prestigious academic competition. They are all successes and it delights me to know they are all celebrated.
Our children learn values and self esteem, and they ae inspried to be motivated and hardworking when these are all mirrored to them by the people they connect with in their lives. My belief is that both collectively as a school, and individually with the school family there are some pretty awesome mirrors. And as a parent of children who attend and have attended this school, I am truly grateful.
Both Briana and Jamie remember their years as students here with a fond reverence of sorts. We often share moments of laughter and nostalgia. I really do belive that attending this school has set them in good stead as they continue on their journeys through life.
I was lucky enough to visit the Y5/6 Camp in Waihi last Monday night for a couple of hours. Wow, what a great set up. The kids were all having a good time and it was a real 'neat' atmosphere. I volunteered to help serve up dinner, and I would just like to say how impressed I was with the level of manners that the students displayed. Every single student said please and thank you as I dished up cheese and salad on their plates (or no thank you as was the case with the beetroot). So well done Wairakei School and good luck for the rest of the year.