A-Z of Featherston School




Your child’s safety is paramount.

Please ring 308 9242 or notify the office by 9.00am if your child is going to be absent. You can leave a message if there is no answer.

Alternatively, you can text absences to 021 149 7531 or email: office@featherston.school.nz  or download our parent teacher calendar app onto your phone which also allows you to notify the school of your child's absence.

The school secretary follows through on any unexplained absences every morning.

If we cannot contact you we will ask the Truancy Service to follow up on our behalf. It is a legal requirement for parents to contact their child’s school of they will not be attending for any reason.


Board of Trustees

Chairperson: Ms Mary-Ann Newhouse

Staff Representative: Mrs Penny Hopkins

Principal: Ms Gina Smith


  • Mrs Janine Adams
  • Ms Helen Cronin
  • Ms Heather Lyons
  • Mrs Kat Maxwell
  • Mrs Robyn Ramsden

The meeting dates for 2016 are: The Monday on, or before, the 20th of each month – not including school holidays. Meetings are held in the school staffroom at 6.30pm. Parents and Caregivers are welcome to attend.


Value Statements from our Charter

We at Featherston School believe:

  • Children will be provided with a range of positive learning experiences to achieve their full potential
  • Curriculum delivery will be inclusive of student interests and individual needs
  • Children will be guided to take responsibility for their actions, choices and learning
  • A caring and supportive environment will be provided for children
  • Children will be encouraged to look after their own and others property
  • Children will be encouraged to espouse community values such as honesty and respect
  • Ongoing assessment contributes to effective learning
  • Effective education provides a partnership between home/whanau, school and the community
  • A safe, clean, attractive environment will be provided
  • We have a responsibility to provide care and support for our children
  • All staff are an integral part of our school and contribute to providing a caring, productive atmosphere
  • The Board of Trustees will be a good employer
  • The school will be effectively administered; financially and procedurally
  • Effective communication will be fostered

Calendar App




2017 School Dates

Term One
Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st January Teacher Only Days
 Wednesday 1st February School Opens
Monday 6th February Waitangi Day
Friday 13th April Term One ends
Term Two
Monday 1st May School Opens
Monday 5th June Queen's Birthday
Friday 7th July Term Two ends
Term Three
Monday 24th July School Opens
Friday 29th September Term Three ends
Term Four
Monday 16th October  School Opens
Monday 23rd October  Labour Day
Friday 15th December  Term Four ends



In 2016 Our Focus Areas Are:

Integrated Inquiry Focus:

Term One – Myself and my home

Term Two – Featherston  "Its place in history"

Term Three – Resilience and Healthy Eating

Term Four – Featherston   "Its place in the world"

EnviroSchool Focus:

Featherston School became an ‘EnviroSchool’ in 2009 and has since earned the Bronze EnviroSchool Award and reached the finals of the Tui Garden Challenge in 2012 and 2013. This year we have started our vege gardens up again with each class taking charge of a garden. The little tamariki in our Puna Kainga have also planted out a plot of their own.

We have been approached by the South Wairarapa District Council to join the other Featherston Schools in designing and planting out a section of Donald's Creek. As part of this venture we have have been offered a propagation shed which we will use to grow ecosources plants and seeds for the planting.

Wairarapa Moana is also a place close to our hearts. Last year we participated in the Wairarapa Moana Kaitiaki programme which looked at the health of the moana and what we could do to help improve it. This is another big project that we as a community would like to continue to work on.


Property Focus:

In 2016 we have had our gutttering replaced throughout the school and will soon have our security systems upgraded. There is still plenty on the horizon including: an upgrade of the Technology Unit Toilets, fixing the water damaged wall in the staffroom and the library; and upgrading the heating in the hall.

This year we also had our bike shed removed as it was an earthquake risk. It has opened up the front of the school and will look great once the grass grows back.

Fees & Donations

To cover some costs, every child is asked to pay a $15.00 activity fee per term or $50.00 per year and a school  donation of $20.00 for the first child and $5.00 for each siblings.


School Grounds

Our aim is to provide a safe playground for our children. We are happy for our school grounds to be used after school and during the weekends, but ask that you respect our school and don’t leave rubbish about. Dogs, smoking and alcohol are prohibited in the school grounds. Grounds should be vacated by dark unless by special arrangement.

Eight new Infra-red Security cameras have been installed to curb vandalism.


School Hours

8:55am School starts
10:40am Morning interval
11:00am Classes resume
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pm End of Lunch break
3:00pm Home Time

It is essential that all children arrive at school and are ready to start by 8.55am. Persistent lateness interrupts the learning of your child and the other class members.








PTA Group

We have a keen group of parents who are involved in activities and fund-raising in our school. They meet regularly on the 1st Monday of each month at 9.30am. If you would like to be part of this group please let us know.



Road Safety

Keeping children safe on the road is a partnership between home and school. On our part we:

  • Have staff on duty supervising
  • Operate a Road Patrol after school on Revans Street.

You can help by:

  • Setting an example by obeying the road code.
  • Not parking on bus stops
  • Crossing at the patrolled crossing.
  • Insisting helmets are worn when cycling (also a legal requirement).
  • Restricting cycle use to children 9 years old and above. (The Ministry of Transport advises that until children are 9 years old they haven’t developed vision and awareness sufficiently to make them safe on the road. Five year olds on miniature bikes and trainer wheels are a hazard to everyone.)



Principal: Ms Gina Smith

Room 1 & Deputy Principal: Mrs Sue Ham teaches Years 1 & 2

Room 2: Mrs Jocelyn Kebbell teaches Years 3 & 4

Room 3: Mrs Penny Hopkins teaches Years 3, 4 & 5

Room 4: Miss Kimberley Hewison teaches Year 5, 6, 7, & 8

Specialist Teacher: Mrs Kirsten Matthews

Technology Teacher: Mrs Sandra Walters teachers Year 7 & 8 students from South Wairarapa Primary Schools in the Technology Unit

Technology Teacher: Mrs Vicki Rennie. Vicki teaches Year 7 & 8 from South Wairarapa Primary schools in the  Technology Unit.

Reading Recovery Teacher: Mrs Grace King

Office Administrator: Ms Tara Johnson

Room 1 Teacher Aide: Mrs Kerry-Anne Turner

Room 2 Teacher Aide: Mrs Jo Johnson

Room 3 Teacher Aide: 

Room 4 Teacher Aide: Ms Natalie Orbell

Cleaner: Ms Debbie Bennett

Caretaker: Mr Colin McKenna

Kapa Haka Tutor: Ms Te Ata Rogers

Chaplaincy Service: Mr John & Mrs Eileen Traill


We hope to get teaching programmes under way from day one in 2017. All children will need to have stationery on the first day. We are asking parents to purchase stationery at a shop of their own choice. This should keep costs to a minimum. No stationery supplies are kept at school.



Stationery List for Room 1, Year 1 & 2 students

Stationery List for Room 2, Year 2 & 3 students

Stationery List for Room 3, Year 3 & 4 students

Stationery List for Room 4, Years 5, 6, 7, & 8 students


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Teachers are on duty during all breaks from class. We also have teachers supervising the gate and on road patrol. If children need to leave the school grounds during school time, please advise us with a note or by phoning the office. You will need to sign them out at the office when you pick them up.







Whanau Group

We are continuing to develop our relationship with our Maori community. If you are interested in being a part of this, please let us know. We welcome your involvement. Our Whanau Group meets twice a term.

Student & Whanau Support

Chaplaincy Service

John & Eileen Traill

We are part of a Social Worker in Schools Cluster. Please contact the school office for contact details.

We also use the Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour (RTLB’s) to assist with learning and behaviour issues. Other support is received through funding for identified needs such as non-English speaking students and other specific learning issues. This is often in the form of financial assistance which is used to employ a Teacher Aide for a specific programme.

The Health Nurse also works from Featherston School and referrals can be made for any health issues or concerns. Please contact the school office for contact details.