Hapuku School is a Designated Character School providing bilingual and bicultural education for students from Year 1 – Year 8.
This page gives you general information about Hapuku School.

Hapuku School location

Hapuku is a small, rural school located 7 km north of Kaikoura on S.H. 1. The School was established  in 1905 and is an attractive, small, school in a rural setting, at the foot of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges and beside Te Tai o Marokura, close to Mangamaunu marae.

School facilities

Hapuku School school has well developed and maintained grounds with many mature trees. The facilities include a community room/ library, an adventure playground, a well kept swimming pool, BBQ area and a large playing field. Our akomanga are well furnished and resourced, warm and provide stimulating environments for children’s learning. We have a great community building that we use as a library, puna kohungahunga learning area, music studio and also as an extra learning and teaching space.

Small Class size

With 30 children on our roll we have the advantage of having small classes, excellent student/teacher ratio and highly skilled support staff and teachers in both classrooms. Our community and whanau are also regularly involved in working with us all. taina pics 081

Bilingual and Bicultural education

We provide bilingual and bicultural education throughout the school. Our school has a close, formal relationship with Nga Uri o Mangamaunu and the marae. Te Reo Maori is integrated across the curriculum. Our children enjoy exciting topic work covering and integrating all areas of the National Curriculum. Priority is given to reading, writing and mathematics. We run exciting whole school, integrated learning programmes (focusing on inquiry learning) where junior and senior classes are grouped for project work. This enables all of our students to develop and practice their leadership and peer support skills. IMG_0031

Our community relationship

The school enjoys a great relationship with the community and has excellent support in its activities. Our roll has been stable of the past few years with numbers steadily growing. One of our greatest attributes is our friendly, family atmosphere. In our school all children are included.

Hapuku School Staff

Principal and Senior Class teacher – Diane St.Claire

Junior Class teacher – Robyn McConchie

Principal Release teacher – Jo Willet

Special Needs Co-Ordinator – Jo Willet

Teacher Aides – Carolyn Vasta

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Music teacher – Sally Blunt

Kapa haka tutors – Nan Chadwick, Ally Court, Diane St.Claire, Rawiri Manawatu

School secretary –  Jacqui Hamilton

Cleaner/caretaker – Maria Gill

Board of Trustees

Chairperson – Sarah Beardmore

Secretary – Celeste Harnett

Parent  representative – Donna Keefe

Nga Uri o Mangamaunu – Robyn McConchie

Parent representative – Emma Powell

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Principal – Diane St.Claire

Our Board’s role is to govern the school. Members are elected every three years, the most recent election being 2013.
The Board meets every month. Parents and community members are most welcome to attend Board of Trustees meetings.
Dates and details are published in our weekly newsletter.
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