Waitaria Bay School is situated on the northern side of Kenepuru Sound in the heart of Marlborough and is one of the most isolated schools in New Zealand. It lies two and a half hours by road from the closest main town, Blenheim and its students are drawn from a wide area in the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. They travel to school by car, motorbike, bus and boat.
A School with a History...
The school, which was opened in 1897, was built by the district's early settler families, many of whose descendants still live in the area. A number of children on our current roll of 11 bear the names of those pioneers.
Our children aged from five to 13 (Years 1-8) are taught in a two classroom situation by Principal Brenda Sutton and part-time principal release teacher Odette Roper. The buildings consist of the large open plan senior and junior classrooms, staffroom, a resource area and office, which is shared by the Principal and our office administrator. There is also a combined school and public library in the newly refurbished original schoolroom. Physical activities on the school grounds are catered for by an adventure playground, sandpit, swimming pool, tennis court and extensive grass playing fields.
As we prepare our children for the future we use modern IT equipment. The local network extends into all rooms and is powered by our inhouse server, which holds all data and acts as bridge to the wireless broadband connection.
Both classrooms are equipped with Active Boards, a merger of a white board, projector and a huge touch screen. It can not only act as a 'normal' drawing board, but can also display students' work or anything other media accessible through the school's server and/ or the Internet.
...And well placed in the Pelorus Cluster of Schools
Because the school is small, it very important for us to 'join forces" with other schools for bigger events. To this end Waitaria Bay School is a member of the Pelorus Cluster , six primary schools in Marlborough's rural area which come together several times a year at various venues for events such as swimming, gymnastics, athletics and winter sports. This gives the children the chance to socialise and compete in larger groups. Waitaria Bay hosts the annual Pelorus Technology Challenge in which teams of pupils and parents test their skills with practical and mental problems.
Waitaria Bay School is a focus of the community, well-supported by everyone....