Principal's Welcome

Nau mai, Haere mai

Kia Ora koutou


We welcome your visit

At Waimataitai we are always very pleased and proud to show families around our school and welcome these visits. We recommend you make an appointment to ensure the principal can be available to show you around personally.

This is important as it is the beginning of our relationship with you and your child.

You can ring the office at 03 684 5566 or email or Jonathan Young, the principal at

A brief message from our principal, Jonathan Young

Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Waimataitai

Welcome to Waimataitai school

The Waimataitai school community is becoming much more diverse with increasing numbers of enrolments from all around the world. It is not unusual to hear several languages being spoken in our very happy playground. I value this new feel to the school and feel grateful that so many people see Waimataitai as the school of choice in Timaru city.

I am excited to be a part of the dynamic and responsive team at Waimataitai. There are many new pathways we are following all with a view to providing an exciting and challenging teaching and learning environment.

We are a well-established and successful Year 1-8 full primary school in central Timaru. Our roll is approximately 500. students. The school provides many and varied learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities.  We have a diverse community and welcome any prospective families who will come to enjoy the richness and diversity of cultures, background and experiences presented by our school community.

We celebrate and support this diversity, along with the range of needs and challenges our students’ provide. Waimataitai school has a responsive and nurturing environment.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Connected, willing, able.

Kei o ringaringa te ao.