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"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one."

Malcolm Forbes


Papakaio School was founded in 1867 and its catchment area extends north to the Waitaki River, south to the hill properties bordering the Waitaki plains, east to State Highway 1 and west to encompass the Awamoko district. The school is located 15kms from Oamaru directly beside State Highway 83 which runs through to Kurow and on to areas of Central Otago.

The major strengths of Papakaio School are its dedicated and effective staff along with a strong, supportive, rural community. Parental involvement in the school is substantial. All of which contribute to high expectations and pleasing levels of achievement. Papakaio children are committed learners who are a delight to work with.The school is sensitive to children's needs and makes every effort to provide for them.

The school is well resourced and is committed to helping children fulfil their educational potential and prepare them for a successful future in a rapidly changing world.

Teacher/Pupil ratios are maintained at a favourable level by the BOT. The school enjoys the added advantage of having excellent ancillary staff as well as parental assistance to call upon.

The school and its Board of Trustees promotes a strong sense of co-operation, community, self-discipline and family, and extends to you an invitation to be part of it.

Our Current Focus

2016 sees us focus on four main areas.
1 - Lifting levels of achievement in Reading. There is a focus on students developing an independant reading habit supported by families.
2 - Improving achievement in writing across the school. Written vocabulary, spelling and encouraging boys are all areas for deveopment.
3 - Using learning approaches that develop student agency and engagement. We are endeavoring to make school a place where children drive the learning through projects such as PrEP and 4P learning. We also are developing a teaching style where children take responsibility for their own learning and create actions that make a diference.
4 - Lifting levels of achievement in Science.

Learning = anywhere, anytime.

Our Vision

Our school vision is captured in the four "P"s; People, Passion, Purpose and Potential. We believe that People are central to our school, that developing Passion for learning and life is essential, that everything we do should be Purposeful and through this we will help unlock the Potential in all our students.
Central to our vision is the WOW factor; Well-being, Ownership and Wonder.
This is built on a strong foundation of Values - Respect for ourselves, others and the environment.
The whole "tree" which signifies life and growth has its roots and nourishment in the solid foundation of community support and involvement.

If you would like to read our 2015 School Charter click on the PDF file below.
Papakaio School Charter Strategic Plan 2017.pdf
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