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Principal's Welcome

At Poroutawhao School we offer:

  • A safe, stress-free environment featuring effective school-wide pastoral care.

  • Modern learning.

  • Safe, reliable school transport services from Waitarere, Moutua, Levin, and Foxton.

  • A range of education outside the Classroom activities including day trips and school camps.

  • School sports teams participate in local school sports competitions.

  • Close ties with local iwi - Ngati Huia.

  • Community links encouraging interaction amongst families.

  • A wide range of extracurricular activities


With six teachers and around 120 students, our teachers get to know all of the students across the school creating a strong sense of unity and community. 


Established in 1924, Poroutawhao School has been part of the community for almost 100 years.  We have strong community links with the Waitarere Beach community, Ngati Huia ki Poroutawhao, and the surrounding farming district. 


We are very proud of our school and the opportunities we offer. 


For more information please email me.

Lyndon Cooney, Principal

Meet Our Teachers

Robyn Day  

Team Teina- Robyn & Kylie

Junior school (years 0-2)

In our junior school (years 0-2) we facilitate for students to explore a wide range of curriculum learning through our play to learn time. During this time students lead their own learning of an area that they find valuable to their interests.


Students enjoy a variety of activities. This includes exploring physical science phenomena such as magnetism, forces such as floating and sinking. Students learn to grow seedlings, prepare food, and role play cooking in a student-designed restaurant in collaboration with peers.


For our tamariki who aspire to design/build spend time with building materials, they can use the sandpit and lego to create their masterpieces. Valuable social skills such as turn-taking, sharing, emotional regulation, and becoming a positive member of our class community are all explored and developed every school day during Play To Learn time.


Junior school teachers also combine structured learning times for the remainder of the school day to explore reading, writing, and mathematical concepts through small group learning.


We run a strong phonics programme for 20 minutes daily in our junior school as this is an essential component for building a strong literacy base in our tamariki.


Learning of Te Reo Māori, kapa haka songs, as well as myths and legends, are integrated throughout all learning demonstrating our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Kylie Claffey

Blossom Neece-Forth

Team Poutama- Blossom & Nicky

Middle school (years 3-5)


Poutama (represented in tukutuku panels as steps) is the perfect word for our Team. It symbolises levels of attainment and advancement, striving upwards for betterment. The movement from Teina to Tuakana.

Although in two physical single-cell classes, we work as a collaborative team ensuring the students still have the opportunity to build social skills with others of different ages and to learn, share and develop in a safe and caring environment.

As we build on from the base introduced in Team Teina in all areas of the curriculum, we also introduce more formalised IT in preparation for higher use and understanding in Team Tuakana. We expand on their literacy and numeracy and there is also a reinforcement of inquiry-based learning, thus developing that inquisitive thinking for their future independent learning.

This time in Team Poutama is a chance for the students to begin developing their areas of interest, expand their ability around those, share with others their thoughts, learning, and skills. This is also a chance to collaborate with their peers, encourage leadership opportunities, and continue to create that excitement for ongoing learning.

Nicky Jeffries  

Kaylene Flanagan  

Team Tuakana- Kaylene & Stacey

Senior school (years 6-8)


Team Tuakana is an innovative learning environment that includes the whole physical, social and teaching environment. Our space allows students to study on their own, work with their peers in groups, be independent learners, and to develop skills that help them collaborate with others. We encourage Inquiry-based instruction so our students will ask questions and investigate their own ideas which helps improve their problem-solving skills as well as gain a deeper understanding of academic concepts. Both of which are important life skills. 


We provide learning through a wide range of well-designed activities which offers relevance, coherence and breadth.  Activities will often build directly on what is familiar to the child and the local environment and events can be used to provide interesting, real-life contexts for learning.  Learning in a variety of contexts supports and reinforces the development of numeracy, literacy and health and wellbeing across the curriculum.

Lastly, we provide all students with technology in Team Tuakana which develop skills essential for the 21st century. Students gain the skills they will need to be successful in the future. Modern learning is about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, critical thinking, developing different forms of communication and leadership skills, and improving motivation and productivity. By providing technology it helps to develop many practical skills, including creating presentations, learning to differentiate reliable from unreliable sources on the Internet, maintaining proper online etiquette, and writing emails. These are very important skills which are developed in Team Tuakana.

Stacey Salton  

Our Support Staff

Deirdre Petersen - Teacher Aide, Librarian, and Office Administrator

Peta Hill - Office Manager

Brian Woolston - Caretaker

Peta Hill - Office Manager

Luc Arnault - Teacher Aide

Rachel Calder - Teacher Aide

Poroutawhao School Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees at Poroutawhao School plays an important role in the governance and direction of the school. The board has overall responsibility for the school and works actively with the principal to set the strategy, goals, and objectives. The board has 5 seats for community representatives, 1 seat for a teacher representative, and 1 for the principal.


The board is made up of the following people:

  • Alistair Maguire - Board Chair / Community Rep 

  • Toni Kiriona - Deputy Chair / Community Rep 

  • Emma Easton - Community Liaison / Community Rep

  • Bronwyn Campbell Heihei - Community Rep

  • Andy Lowe - Strategic Planning / Property / Treasurer / Co-opted Member

  • Lyndon Cooney - Principal

  • Robyn Day - Staff Representative

ERO Reports

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Contact Us

Tel: 06- 368 6015 

Email: office@poroutawhao.school.nz 

Mobile (for texting absences only) 

027 389 3256


796 State Highway 1

Poroutawhao 5572