Our Place


Waikino School is set in the rural community of Waikino, located in the beautiful Karangahake gorge between Waihi and Paeroa.

From new entrants to year 6, Waikino School provides outstanding educational opportunities for our ākonga, with a focus on te taiao.

We have a unique school and endeavour to provide a richly engaging education that is heavily embedded in our Enviro school roots. We value our outdoor areas, and utilise our wonderful school environment to provide real meaning to learning across the curriculum.

Our staff are passionate, highly effective educators who provide amazing learning opportunities for our students.

Our school environment has a range of areas that are always accessible to students such as an orchard, vegetable gardens, chickens, farm paddock, a variety of playground areas.

 Our unique model of learning is underpinned by our te ngāhere, which is available through our mana motuhake model that encourages children to spend time in nature developing various skills from whittling to stream restoration. And importantly building their skill in using time in nature to learn to self regulate their own wellbeing 

We believe passionately in the importance of resilience and personal understanding and as such we encourage students to learn to climb trees, to build huts, to take safe risks that help them to develop as learners and as people.


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