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A message from the Principal


Kia Ora, Namaste, Hola, Ni Hao, Talofa, Chao Ban, Bonjour, Malo e lelei, Salam

Welcome to Wilford School


Wilford School was established in 1927 and caters for around 340 children from Years 1 to 8.  Our students come from a diverse cultural range, representing more than twenty different ethnicities.  Our Maori immersion class (Ngā Puāwai) has been a long-standing feature of the school, being the first to offer bilingual education in the Wellington region almost 30 years ago, now offering a full immersion learning environment. We offer a unique programme for intermediate aged students, that develop independence, leadership and responsibility.  The school enjoys strong support from its Petone community.  We have strong relationships with local Early Childhood providers, and provide a fantastic transition programme for new starters.  


We believe that the education of our students is a three-way partnership between the school, the students and home.  We want our students to be challenged, motivated to learn, receive quality teaching and to experience a range of learning opportunities.


While there is a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, we also take a holistic view of learning.  We aim for students to develop the skills and attributes necessary for them to be valuable and contributing members of society, through the use of up to date innovation and effective classroom  practice.


For your information please follow the link to our Enrolment Scheme Description which takes effect on 11 February 2019.  You are most welcome to visit and see what goes on in our school; experience the positive learning atmosphere our school has to offer.  Please contact the school 04 568 3425 or office@wilford.school.nz.


Neil Sargisson,

School Principal

Current News

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Wilford School Final Audit Report 2018

Click here for our Final Audit Report 2018


Wilford School Enrolment Scheme

Click here for details of our Enrolment Scheme Description which takes effect on 11 February 2019


Wilford School ERO Report - November 2019

Click here for the latest Wilford School ERO Report


Wilford School Board of Trustees Equity Policy - Draft

Click here for our draft Equity Policy


Wilford School Charter 2019 - 2021

Click here for our School Charter Document

Year 7 and Year 8 education 2019

Ngā Rangatahi is the name of the Year 7 and Year 8 syndicate. The name 'Ngā Rangatahi' translates to 'youth' reflecting the transition stage for students at this level as they work towards their secondary school education.  This year we have started with 65 students and two fulltime teachers.  We also have a part time teacher who teaches in the unit for at least two days each week.

The skills and attributes that we develop and foster are independence, collaboration and personal leadership in all our students.  In these two years before they move to secondary school, students undertake a range of specialist programmes including a technology programme, a focus on learning a second language, opportunities to develop their personal leadership and they learn about careers that they themselves may be interested in.  Students are strongly encouraged to get involved with not only our school community, but our wider Petone community as well.  Our school council is one example of how we develop leadership in our students.  Digital learning is a key resource that supports student learning in this unit.  We teach responsibility and safety at all times for all online learning with our tamariki.

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School Policies

All our school policies and documents are available for viewing at the school office or by looking at the "School Docs" website - please click here.

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Please click here for our 2019 Emergency Procedures Booklet.  In the case of an emergency please refer to our school emergency plan which is located on getprepared.org.nz/school site. 

Dates and Events Term 4

Monday 2 December - Room 10 trip to Zealandia

Tuesday 3 December - Thank you morning tea for Parent Helpers/Carers/Whānau

Wednesday 4 December - Room 9 trip to Wellington Westpac Stadium and Museum of City and sea

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 December - Ngā Puāwai Noho Marae at Orongomai Marae, Upper Hutt

Friday 6 December - "Pack the Bus" for Wellington City Mission 2pm

Monday 9 December - Year 7 and 8 students "Big Day Out" trip

Monday 9 December - Ngā Tupuranga syndicate trip to H2O Upper Hutt

Monday 10 December - Ngā Mahuri trip to McKenzie Pool

Tuesday 10 December - Room 11 trip to Capital E

Tuesday 10 December - Ngā Kākāno Christmas afternoon concert

Wednesday 11 December - Year 8 Prize Giving Assembly 11am-12.30pm and Year 8 Dinner

Thursday 12 December - Patrollers Police Pool Party at McKenzie Pool

Friday 13 December - Ngā Puāwai Hakari and Prizegiving:  10.30am Hakari, 11.30am Prizegiving

Friday 13 December - Last day of the school year - school finishes at 1pm.


Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Monday 3 February - Thursday 9 April

Term 2: Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July

Term 3: Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October - Tuesday 15 December

              Teacher Only Dates for 2020

Fridays 29 May, 21 August, 23 October


School Assembly Dates 2019

Term 4: 22 November, 6 December

Subway and Sushi lunches delivered!

- Order via lunchonline.co.nz

- Subway delivery every Wednesday;

- Ara Sushi delivery every Friday

- Easy internet ordering

- Healthy menu options

- Parents, register online today!


0800 565 565




Superkids Wilford  

Information and contact details


Stationery Lists for 2020 (will be uploaded before the end of 2019)