Paekākāriki School first opened in 1886 and has been at the heart of our community ever since. Ngāti Haumia are our local hapu and we acknowledge the important status they have as mana whenua. We also acknowledge the special relationship we have with Māori within our school community as tangata whenua.
Paekākāriki is a small village of around 1500 residents nestled between the hills, the Tasman Sea and Queen Elizabeth Park on the beautiful Kāpiti Coast. We are fortunate to have a close-knit community which embraces diversity and the arts, has a strong communal spirit, and is passionate about our environment. Paekākāriki School strives to incorporate and celebrate the unique character of our village alongside our school culture. Paekākāriki is a medium-sized school of around 160 students.
Paekākāriki students have a sound history of academic achievement and the school is renowned for outstanding results in inter school sporting events given the size of our school. Due to our location and student numbers, our tamariki see themselves as part of a wider whānau, a network of friendship and support that carries on into their secondary school years.
The principal, staff and Board of Trustees are a dedicated, well-qualified and caring team. Their work is supported by enthusiastic parents who volunteer their time and skills. We are committed to building and maintaining a positive, active relationship with the community and to working together to maintain an atmosphere in which all students are encouraged to recognise and celebrate difference and to be innovative in the way they think and act.
We know Paekākāriki kids are special and we want to nurture and celebrate the blend of qualities that make our students unique. Our consultation with students, parents and our wider community helped us identify the wonderful, free-spirited qualities of the Barefoot Learner at Paekākāriki School.
Tūrangawaewae Whanaungatanga Whakatōmene Whakapuāwai