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.

Website Privacy statement

Latest Posts

getting ready to write part3 room15 3

Getting Ready To Write - Part Three

Getting Ready to Write - Part Three looks specifically at the phonological knowledge students need to write. As I mentioned in Part One, students require a strong knowledge of letter sounds and names to be able to write independently. This blog focuses on and provides more detailed information about the phoneme understanding students need to write.

Read more about 'Getting Ready To Write - Part Three'...


English, Thinking, Using Language Symbols and Text, Writing, Reading, Oral Language, Phoneme Knowledge;

15 hours ago

Fiona Griffin

steaming into school online room15 4

Steaming Into School Goes Online

Due to the distancing restrictions under Covid-19 we needed to be creative and innovative with how we would present Steaming Into School during Term 2, 2020. Our SIS Online sessions provided a unique link for our families to connect to Wairakei Primary School. 

Read more about 'Steaming Into School Goes Online'...


Steaming-into-School, Home Learning;

5 days ago

Fiona Griffin


Land before time (Part 2)

The Room 15 students worked in small groups to label parts of our favourite dinosaurs. We noticed that the meat eating dinosaurs all had sharp teeth and claws while the... Read more about 'Land before time (Part 2)'...


Science, Thinking, Using language symbols and text, Relating to Others, Managing Self, Participating and Contributing;

8 days ago

Tracey O'Sullivan

science insecthunt room11 05

Insect Hunt

Mrs Jackson sought help from the children to find out the best way to make an insect hotel. Read more about 'Insect Hunt'...


Mathematics, Science, English, Participating and Contributing;

8 days ago

Leanne Jackson

Upcoming Events



20 July 2020 - 20 July 2020


Last day of Term

25 September 2020 - 25 September 2020


Term Break

26 September 2020 - 11 October 2020



12 October 2020 - 12 October 2020