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.





School is closed until 9 a.m. January 24, 2022. 

The office will be open Monday, January 24 and Tuesday, January 25.

Closed Wednesday January 26.

Open Thursday, January 27, Friday January 28  and Tuesday, February 1.

Meet the teacher  Tuesday February 1 from 1.30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Newsletter will be sent on January 17, 2022 to all newsletter subscribers.

2022 Term Dates:

  • Term 1 February 2, 2022 to April 14, 2022
  • Term 2 May 2, 2022 to July 8, 2022
  • Term 3 July 25, 2022 to September 30, 2022
  • Term 4 October 17, 2021 to December 15, 2022


Wow! Two years in a row! Wairakei Primary School makes it into "Top 10 New Zealand Blogs" for 2020

"Teachers and support staff write blogs. Students can also contribute their own voice or write a blog. Over the years the blogs have progressed from simple samples of learning to engaging and informative blogs that are tracked across the world by our family and other teaching professions."

Read more here

From insightful commentaries on New Zealand’s education policy to lovely classroom blogs showcasing students’ and teachers’ incredible work inside the classroom, there is so much to praise about the New Zealand blogging community.

This lovely state primary school just north of Taupō and close to the Waikato River offers brilliant schooling in a beautiful location - two things which come across strongly within their education blog.

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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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Tuakana Teina

The tuakana-teina relationship is an important part of traditional Māori society. An older or more expert tuakana (brother, sister or cousin) helps and guides a younger or less expert teina... Read more about 'Tuakana Teina'...

Te Huka;

35 days ago

Leanne Jackson

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Picture Walk to Talk the Talk

The picture walk strategy is a great activity you can do before reading the book and it generates great oral language and vocabulary. Read more about 'Picture Walk to Talk the Talk'...


English, Using Language Symbols and Text, Thinking, Participating and Contributing;

39 days ago

by Anastasia Suen , by Anna Digilio “Game Over” , Carla Ross and “Bobo the Barracuda”

Upcoming Events


Teacher only Day

1 February 2022 - 1 February 2022


Meet the Teachers

1 February 2022 - 1 February 2022


First day of the school year

2 February 2022 - 2 February 2022



2 February 2022 - 2 February 2022