School Information


Mā Maketū, mā Pātapu, mā Keepa, Mā Tinirau, mā Poutini.

Whakatau, whakatau, whakatau mai rā ki Tōtara Puku.

Ko Aotea te waka

Ko Ruapehu te maunga

Ko Whanganui te awa

Ko Te Atihaunui a Paparangi te iwi

Ko Whanganui East te Kura


Ko tēnei te whakatauki: “He waka eke noa”

A canoe which we are all in with no exception

We are all in this together


Whanganui East School opened in 1904 and is situated in Whanganui East and is a U4, contributing primary school that caters for students from Year 1 to Year 6.  The current roll is 170.

The Board, school leaders and staff build strong productive partnerships for learning within the school community.  We draw on community resources and initiatives to enhance learning opportunities and wellbeing.

Key Strengths of the school as identified by the Education Review Office in December 2017 were:

  • A relentless focus on improving learning through robust and coherent school wide systems
  • Professional leadership focussed on growing the effectiveness of teaching strategies
  • Responsiveness and inclusive approaches for learning

We have a sustained focus on reducing disparity and increasing student achievement through targeted actions.   Strong coherent school wide systems for tracking, monitoring and reporting contribute to improved student achievement.  Teachers carefully identity strategies and critically reflect on their impact on students’ progress.

Learning opportunities celebrate and build upon the strength of Maori learners’ language, culture and identity.  These include learning Te Reo Maori, Kapa Haka, school Tikanga and other valuable experiences.  Teachers continually increase in their culturally responsive practices through ongoing Professional Development and the implementation of the 7 core principles to ensure as a school we are Culturally Responsive to all students.


Whang East School signs (Achievement Whare Opt.2) (2)


School staff consists of the Principal, Deputy Principal, Assistant Principal,  Team Leader, 9 fulltime teachers, 2 part time teachers, 2 Office Administrators,  Property Manager and 2 permanent and 2 Fixed Term Teacher Aides.

The school operates 9 classrooms that all have new furniture to allow students to learn in a flexible collaborative learning environments, a well resourced up to date library, 2 adventure playgrounds, a purpose built sandpit and well maintained grounds. The exterior has been recently painted with vibrant colours.

We have a playgroup permanently onsite open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to provide Early Childhood Education for pre-schoolers from 9am until 1pm.

On March 19th 2018, we are pleased to have opened,  Te Puna Ako Ki Totara Puku (Early Learning Centre for 0-5 years)  on the school site.  The centre is run under the Kindergarten Association umbrella.

Our ACHIEVE values provide a consistent approach to ensuring respectful relationships through collaborative consultation with the whole school community.  The ACHIEVE values are aligned with the Key Competencies (thinking, using language, symbols and texts, managing self, relating to others and participating and contributing).  More complex than skills, the competencies draw also on knowledge, attitudes and values in ways that lead to action, to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of the community.


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The school has a uniform and the students wear this with pride and this was reviewed through community consultation in 2018.   Whanganui East School is a sun smart school and students and staff are required to wear a hat during daylight saving and the grounds provide a range of shaded areas for students to sit in the hottest part of the day.

The teachers encourage the students to have water bottles on their desks during the summer months.  We are a ‘Fruit in Schools’, and students are offered fresh fruit daily.  The programme is funded by the Ministry of Health and managed by the produce organisation United Fresh.

The key objectives for Fruit in Schools are to see:

  • Children eating more fruit and vegetables
  • Promoting health through a whole school approach
  • An increased awareness and implementation of healthy eating and physical activity.

We are a Kick Start Breakfast school and this is the only school breakfast programme of its kind within New Zealand to provide healthy breakfasts to children.  Alongside support from the NZ Government, Sanitarium provides the Weet-bix, Fonterra provides the Anchor milk and with our volunteers we are able to offer the Breakfast Club five mornings a week in the hall.  We provide every student with ‘Milk’ each day through the Fonterra Milk programme.

We participate extensively in all sporting activities across the year and take part in competitive sporting events which our children do very well at. We offer children all sporting codes and we have strong support from whanau.  During summer we use the local community swimming pool as part of our Physical Education programme and the children swim 4 days a week until the pool closes for the season.

Our senior students (Year 4 to 6) participate in camp every year on a 3 yearly rotation of venues and they are well supported by parents.   Students are given the opportunity to fundraise towards the cost of camp.

As a ‘Duffy’ School we are able to provide our students with a wide selection of books to choose from to take home and share with their families each term.  Being a Duffy school means more than just handing out books to children. Our school plays an active part in fostering a love of books and reading in the children.

Our Little Achievers programme runs every Friday from 9.15am until 10am in Room 3 for pre-schoolers 4-5 years, which focusses on early Literacy and Numeracy skills in preparation for starting school and to ensure transition to school is smooth.

Our PTA group support the school with innovative fundraising activities.  Donations from the PTA has enabled many new opportunities for the students. The PTA are always looking for fresh ideas and this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to make the connections with other families in the community.

We have a very active Board of Trustees who are fully involved and have an effective working relationship with the staff and community.  The Board have worked hard to develop our school Vision and Mission statements that guide our school goals and are regularly reviewing policy and practice.  The Board are also committed to providing resources necessary to achieve our school Vision of Every Child Achieving.

Our ACHIEVE Leaders  co-ordinate many of our school activities such as assemblies, lunchtime support for students and have many responsibilities around the school. They also take on a key role at Bushy Park, clearing tracks for visitors to Whanganui to enjoy the bush.  Other students across the school are also offered Leadership roles.




2018 Financial Statements (2)

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