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Ko Remutaka te maunga

Ko  Tauherenikau te awa

Ko Wairarapa te moana

Ko Tākitimu me te Kurahaupō ngā waka

Ko Kaiwaewae te hapu

Ko Kahungunu me te Rangitāne ngā iwi

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We are a small full primary school in the heart of Featherston perched beneath the Remutaka ranges. At the present time we have 92 students who are taught in four classrooms. We have two playgrounds, one for our junior students and one for seniors, plus spacious grounds for them to run around. We have well establish trees which provide plenty of shade and are great for our students to climb and get stuck in. Luckily our office administrator and caretaker are volunteer fire fighters, so can whip a ladder very quickly. Our juniors share our large covered sand pit with the Puna Kainga, Ngā Manu Kākākura ō Te Ao Turoa, which is our kaupapa Māori based Early Childhood centre run by Te Rina Kaiwai.

We are a PB4L school which means we try to focus on positive behaviour both in the playground and the classroom. In the playground the students can earn Bronzes for displaying our three values which are respect, responsibility, and resilience. Ms Smith has also been known to give these out when we are on school trips, sports events, or just doing amazing things here at school. Once we have five bronzes in each value we earn our bronze bar award. It doesn't end there, we then need to earn our silver and gold awards. Our teachers also use Class Dojo in our classrooms to reward us for demonstrating our values and developing an awesome work ethic. The great thing is our parents can see, through the videos and photo's we put up, how we are doing and make comments on the amazing things we are learning in the classroom. We also have a celebration assembly every Monday morning where our class certificates, awards, and our 'Property Brokers Student of the Month' award is presented.

We believe that the school is the hub of any community and we are lucky to have a community that is very supportive. We have nana's come in to read with our students, ladies who come in and teach ukelele, and awesome parents that come in when we are going away on a trip or fundraising. To top that off we have agencies that come in and offer our student support such as:

  • Te Hauora Runanga o Wairarapa who run a resilience programme for our seniors called Ka Rewa. Kendyll Walker is the tutor and does a fine job teaching our students about who they are and where they come from.
  • Blanche Thompson our Social Worker in School, who works out of Rangitane, is in school on a Friday. We can make referrals for your children if you feel they just need a little extra help.
  • Judi Harding our Health Nurse is here on Thursday and is happy to answer any of your questions or do a check on your children for you.

That is just a few of the amazing people that help us out here at the school. Top that off with an awesome staff who to provide your students with an excellent education. If this sounds like you then please feel free to come and see us.

Ngā mihi nui, nā

The Featherston School Staff