8.45 am School starts

10.00 am Fruit break (approximate)

10.30 am Block Two

11.00 am Morning Tea

11.30 am Block Three

12.30 pm Lunchtime

1.15 pm Block Four

2.45 pm School finishes


Term 1 - 9th Feb - 16th April

Term 2 - 3rd May - 9th July

Term 3 - 26 July - 1st October

Term 4 - 18th October - 17th December


Murphys Buses provides transport for rural students in the local region. Waikino School also offers a private van shuttle service for those that require more personalised transportation assistance. There is a carpark at the front of the school for parents transporting their children to school by private vehicle. If you are travelling from outside of Waikino Village, there may be the possibility of establishing a carpool arrangement, with other families that live near your home.

School Bus Service

A Ministry of Education funded bus service is provided for rural students (within the eligible Waikino School Zone). This service is operated by Murphy Buses. The bus departs from Waihi at 7.30am, and collects students living in the Waitawheta area, dropping them at school between 7.50am and 8.00am. In the afternoon the bus leaves Waikino School at 3.30pm, proceeding to drop off students who live in Waitawheta. For further details of the route, please visit the Waikino School office.

Waikino School Van Service

Waikino School offers a van service, for transporting children to and from school. This service is a user-pays service, and is subsidised by sponsorship from local businesses. If you would like to utilise the Waikino school van service for your children, or are interested in sponsoring the school van, please contact the school office to discuss details. Alternatively, you can secure a seat for your child by completing the online booking form below.

The Waikino School Van currently offers transfers to and from Waikino School, with collection points at Waihi Beach, Waihi Township, rural Waihi, Waitawheta, Waikino, Karangahake and Paeroa. However, we are happy to discuss your personal requirements, and will do our best to accommodate. It will also help families access an After School Care programme, should families wish to do so.

The Waikino School Van is also used for a variety of purposes which benefit our children and their learning - such as attending sporting events, and learning adventures like school camp and school excursions.


We have had a lot queries regarding after school care, so we are trialling offering this service at Waikino in 2021. If you would like to secure a spot for your child in the after school care programme, please read the consent to activities documentation, and complete the online booking form booking below to advise us of your requirements. Transfers available to and from Waihi, if required. Please refer to the booking form for charges and further details.

Consent to activities

Click here to complete the online booking form for after school care


Waikino School Uniform polo shirts and fleeces are available for purchase from the school office.

Polo shirts with school emblem $26 each

Polar Fleece with school emblem $43 each

Children can wear any black pants, shorts, skorts, skirts or leggings of their choice, to accompany their uniform tops.

Hats are compulsory during Term 1 and Term 4 each year. Please ensure your child brings their hat with them each day, or has a designated named hat that can remain at school.


Waikino School has its own swimming pool, which is used on a daily basis during the swimming season. The pool is available for community use outside of school hours. Keys are available for through the school office for a small charge. Learning to swim is an important part of the school programme and formal lessons are given every day during the swimming season.


If your child is going to be away from school, we ask that you contact the school by Text message on the absentee phone (021) 0869 3371. Please advise your child's name, and the reason they are absent from school. Alternatively, you can call the school office on (07) 863 7733, and speak to Jenni.


One day each week, every class at Waikino School takes part in a bush school session, in our on-site bush area. This session focuses on the development of the whole child and allows the students freedom to engage in learning which builds resilience and self belief, and fosters effective problem solving and positive social interactions.


We use a variety of methods to keep our school families 'in the loop'. Most day-to-day communications from the classroom teachers, and whole school notices, are sent out digitally via Class Dojo. This is an easy way to keep you informed about what your child isOur school facebook page is also a great place for keeping up-to-date with news, and photos from school events.

We also have a weekly assemblies on Monday morning, at school. This is where we provide notices relevant for the students week ahead, introduce new students, and celebrate achievements that have occurred. At intervals throughout the year, we hold special assemblies. These take place in the local hall. Special assemblies are an opportunity for our students to sing, and to showcase some of their work. Keep an eye out for updates with dates of these special assemblies, as we love to have our school community



At the start of each term we hold a pōwhiri at 9am on the first day to welcome all our new students and their families to our kura - information about our pōwhiri can be found here


Waikino School has a strong Kapahaka roopu led by Whaea Roshan. All children are welcome to be a part of this. Our kapahaka roopu often represents our school at community events, powhiri, and sometimes performs at our school assembly.


We offer a specialist music programme run by our teacher Whaea Roshan, where every child has music enrichment at least twice a term. There is also the opportunity for students to be involved in weekly one-on-one music lessons with local music teachers, at an additional charge.


We encourage our students to participate in a wide variety of sports. Some of the sports our students have the opportunity to take part in include: Swimming, Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Mini-ball, Netball, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Tapuwae, BMX, Hockey, Adventure Racing and Touch Rugby.


Learning assistance programmes operate in our school, with students having access to Quick 60 Reading, Spring Maths and other interventions to support learners. We also look at ways we can extend our students within our Gifted and Talented programmes.


Payments to the school can be made my internet banking to our school account. Please use your child's name as a reference, and specify what the payment is for - for example, van, uniform, ICT, netball, soccer etc.

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If you are considering Waikino School as an option for your child, we encourage you to come along and meet with our Principal, have a tour of the school facilities, see our classes in action, and have a chat about how we can best meet the needs of your child. To arrange a suitable time for a visit, please call the office on (07) 8637733, or send an email to:

For a 5 year old starting school, visits are very important in ensuring the smooth transition from pre-school to school. We recommend having three or four school visits, in the weeks before the child starts in our new entrant class. We do not have a set day or time for pre-school visits and will do our best to fit in with you, however, ideally, the transition visits will take place during the morning, and a parent/caregiver should remain with the child during this time.

For future enrolments, please complete the Enrolment Expression of Interest form below. This helps us plan for the future, so we can better manage staffing to keep class sizes at appropriate numbers.

An enrolment form can be picked up from the school office, or downloaded via the link below.

Enrolment Expression of Interest Form

Click here to register interest in a future enrolment

Enrolment Form

To edit digitally, you will need to open document in full screen, then download as a word document (.docx). Email your completed form to office@waikino

Printable Enrolment Form


On Fridays, students have the option of buying a Sushi lunch pack (four pieces for $5). Orders must be placed at the school office by 9am on Friday mornings. Students select from the following flavour options:

  • Chicken Combo

  • Chicken Teriyaki

  • Seafood Combo

  • Salmon and Avocado

  • Vegetarian Pack

  • Mixed Pack

Please note: In line with our Enviroschool principles, our sushi order is not pre-packaged. Students should bring a plate (or their school lunchbox) for collection of their sushi at lunchtime.