Welcome to Wairakei Primary School

A friendly, supportive inclusive rural Taupō community school for year 1-6 children.

Our educational mission is simple, yet significant—Wairakei Primary School works in partnership with our community to grow our children into confident lifelong learners.

Your child will learn in a supportive caring community environment. They'll be actively encouraged to innovate without apprehension, so they can achieve significant success, rewarding them with power and confidence for lifelong learning. 

We'd be delighted that you join us.



Please note: Wairakei Primary School is governed by a Ministry of Education established enrolment scheme (zoned). Please refer to the documents for a full written description.

Wairakei Primary School makes it into 'Top 10 Education Trends for 2019', Core Education publication.

Ten Trends group had been searching our website for a while and used our 'Modern learning' link to share with schools both nationally and internationally. You can check us out on this link. It is a big thing to be acknowledged for the work our teachers do in the classrooms. It is great to see our students using our concept of 'Learn it Prove it'. It’s such a great concept.

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Puppets are engaging toys that can help support oral language skills and communication, social/emotional development, and help children learn and understand the world around them through safe, imaginative play. Puppets offer children an engaging way to interact and explore their knowledge and understanding of the world.

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English, Oral Language, Managing Self, Participating & Contributing;

4 hours ago

Fiona Griffin

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Christmas Trees for Taupo

We had another wonderful opportunity to take part in the Towncentre Taupo Plywood 3D Christmas Tree Project again this year. These recycled plywood boards were delivered to us ready for painting. All children at Wairakei Primary School were invited to submit their Christmas tree designs.

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Poihipi, TeMihi, Ohaaki, Aratiatia;

The Arts, Participating & Contributing, Managing Self;

30 hours ago

Fiona Griffin

Phonological Awareness

It is important for children to hear, identify and understand the sounds around them. This is called phonological awareness. Children with good phonological awareness are aware that there are different sounds in speech. This is important for communicating, reading and writing.

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Reading, Writing, Oral Language, Participating & Contributing, Using Language Symbols and Text;

31 hours ago

Fiona Griffin

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Knitted Snakes

A busy morning in Room 4 today Caleb the Master of the Knitted Snakes was teaching an eager group of hand knitters how to knit snakes, to hang snakes in... Read more about 'Knitted Snakes '...


44 hours ago

Caleb Munro

Upcoming Events


Trip Poihipi

6 December 2019 - 6 December 2019


Talent Quest

9 December 2019 - 9 December 2019


Assembly POWER Ohaaki and Poihipi

10 December 2019 - 10 December 2019


Assembly POWER Te Mihi and Aratiatia

10 December 2019 - 10 December 2019