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Welcome to Waimataitai Primary School.  We currently have a roll of approximately 500 students. We welcome a wide range of ethnicities and cultures to the school community.  Waimataitai has a warm and friendly atmosphere where we promote respect and responsibility.

Contact Details

Phone: 03 684 5566
Fax: 03 684 4709
25 Trafalgar Street, Timaru 7910

How to Enrol

Information on enrolments for new entrants and for children transferring from another school

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Latest News

Updates and information from the school. School newsletter.

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About Waimataitai School

Waimataitai is a Full Primary School with a roll of approximately 500. The school has a total staff of 45. In 2024 there will be 21 classes operating. As a large school, Waimataitai is able to provide a range of programmes and opportunities for students that would be difficult to provide in smaller primary schools.

We work hard to develop a family like atmosphere and encourage Tuakana / Teina (older and Younger students supporting each other)relationships. Waimataitai school is geographically central to many cultural and recreational opportunities and we take advantage of these in our localised curriculum

As a school involved in Positive Behaviour for Learning we have high expectations for behaviour and learning in our school. This results in a positive learning environment where everyone is supported to do their best.

Prospective Families

We welcome visitors and prospective families - simply make a time at the office and the Principal, Jonathan Young will happily show you around our school.

Curriculum Overview

All students receive an excellent coverage of curriculum, and there is a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy throughout the school. Students have access to a fully networked computer system with access to interactive learning systems, internet, skype and e-mail. As well as classroom computers we have pods of laptops, iPads, and Chromebooks available for more intensive use. Our senior students (Year5-8) also are part of our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programme.

Newly enrolled students are paired with an older "buddy" and this encourages a "family" atmosphere at the school. All students are given regular leadership opportunities. The values of honesty, respect, courage, co-operation, responsibility, tolerance and caring are actively promoted at the school, and programmes aim to develop community spirit, value effort, and encourage perseverance. After school care is available onsite through the SKIDs programme.