Our Mission Statement:
To develop students who strive to achieve, are instilled with a lifelong passion for learning, a sense of community, and who persevere in the face of adversity.
“Growing future leaders and learners with Mana”.
Waiouru School School Motto:
Ekea tō tāpuhipuhi – Climb to the highest peak, strive for success.
Our School Values:
Our Waiouru School students will be encouraged to value our Code of Mana:
Passion for Learning/ Arohatia te mātauranga:
We use curiosity, imagination, and innovation to open our minds to new ideas, and situations.
We are proud of our community, contribute to its development and well-being, while celebrating our diversity.
We can be leaders no matter how old we are! Leaders make positive choices and display Mana.
Description Of Our School:
Waiouru School is a state, co-educational full-primary school for pupils from Years Zero to Eight. The school is centrally located between Taihape and Ohakune in the North Island of New Zealand’s central plateau. Waiouru township is the home of the New Zealand Army and is a major military training camp. Waiouru Military Camp provides at least 90% employment for our community in both military and civilian roles. We are also fortunate to regularly welcome families of the military forces, from our Pacific Island neighbours, for two year placements in Waiouru. This programme of exchange enriches our cultural environment and relationship with the New Zealand Army.
Support provided by the New Zealand Army has significant advantages for Waiouru School with a wide range of support facilities available to our students. These include recreational facilities, sports fields, tennis and squash courts, gymnasium and indoor swimming pool.
Waiouru School is situated on Ruapehu Road in a modern building that was completed June 2011. The previous, now demolished, school buildings were over seventy years old and at their peak housed over 1200 pupils. With the down-sizing of the Waiouru Military Camp and reduction in student numbers, it was deemed that the construction of a new building would be more economical then the refurbishment of the old buildings.
Our school building is fully weather protected with a large covered “Learning Street” connecting six classrooms, student toilets and library. The bottom of the “Learning Street” opens to a well equipped modern play area, with an excellent adventure playground and basketball court. The top of the “Learning Street” opens to the gallery, with the administration block, teacher resource room and staffroom at one end, with the large school hall, additional student toilets, and storage room at the other.
Classrooms are built in pairs with connected teacher withdrawal spaces, wet rooms and computer spaces. Students have access to a plethora of modern ICT equipment, within a secure wireless network, including desk top computers, Apple iPads and MacBook Airs.