Witherlea School

We value each child as an individual and personalise learning to get the best outcomes.

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Is a modern school set in attractively developed grounds adjacent to Harling Park at the foot of the Wither Hills


Our teaching team has experienced, professional, enthusiastic teachers and support staff


Well resourced with a variety of sports, ICT; digital technology and playground equipment


Big enough to provide a range of activities and programmes, but small enough to care for individual needs


Four teams starting in the Ferns Team, onto Punga and Kowhai in the middle years then students develop into our kaitiaki (guardians) and leaders in the Kauri Team

Learning Environment

Innovative Learning Environment (ILE) with different sized Flexible Learning Environments (FLE) where students and teachers collaborate


Multi purpose teaching spaces, an indoor sports space/hall, our own pool, upper and lower turf space/courts and an outdoor 'forest classroom' (to be updated)

Learning Process


Through innovative and local curriculum design, our learners are engaged in rich learning experiences.


Explicit values taught to ensure our learners live happily and successfully in our ever changing world.


Learners have multiple opportunities to explore many different areas of learning and develop key competencies and skills.


We empower our children to actively participate in the learning process and lead their learning.

Our School Vision

“Ararangi – Pathway to the Sky”

Empowering all learners to reach their potential in an innovative community.


Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Fair
“Kia Atawhai, Kia Ora, Kia Tika”


Respect, Integrity, Courage and Resilience, and Compassion taught clearly and consistently.

Whats's happening at Witherlea School?

Latest Notifications


Thu Sep 29 07:33pm

A reminder that today (Friday 30th September) is the last day for all students to register for Summer Football and Softball on the Witherlea Sports Hub. 

Dancing On Sunshine Dance Festival – TONIGHT

Wed Sep 28 11:05pm

We are so excited to share this with our family/whanau.

Children can arrive at the stadium from 6 pm and should be there by 6.10 pm at the latest, please.

We are requesting a gold coin donation from each adult spectator, to help us meet the cost of hiring the stadium. 

Your support with this is greatly appreciated. 

Dance Festival – TOMORROW

Wed Sep 28 05:03am

A reminder that tomorrow is the Witherlea School Dance Festival at the Stadium. We have been practising all term and are so excited to share this with our family/whanau.


Wed Sep 28 02:50am

Any Year 4-6 students who wish to take part in the Mountain Bike Madness event in Term 4 must collect a permission slip from Mrs Lucas tomorrow in Room 3. 

This event is running on Friday 21st October (Week 1 – Term 4) at Richmond Brook Station in Seddon. 

ALL permission slips will need to be returned to Mrs Lucas this Friday or on Monday 17th October (Day 1 – Term 4) at the latest. 

Children will need to supply their own bikes with gears. The distance is 3-5km so children must be comfortable riding this distance. 

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Wed Sep 28 01:03am

Please note the Newsletter is found in multiple places; Newsletter on the SchoolApp, the school Website and it is emailed out once completed.



Thu Sep 22 09:21pm

Volleyball – A reminder that today (Fri 23rd September) is the last day for any Year 3-6 students to register for the Term 4 Volleyball season. This must be done by completing the registration form on the Witherlea Sports Hub. 

Softball – This year we are excited to be offering your child the opportunity to play Softball. This is open to all children (Y1-Y6) and info can be found on the Witherlea Sports Hub. Please complete the registration form on the Sports Hub if you wish to register your child. Entries will close on Friday 30th September. 

Summer Football – Summer Football registrations are now open via the Witherlea Sports Hub. This is open to all students (Y1 – Y6). Please read the information on the Sports Hub page and complete the registration form. Entries will close on Friday 30th September. 

Any email enquiries regarding any of these sports can be sent to

Dance Festival Next Thursday the 29th September

Thu Sep 22 01:45am

A reminder that next Thursday is the Witherlea School Dance Festival at the Stadium. We have been practising all term and are so excited to share this with our family/whanau.

2023 Term Dates

Wed Sep 14 08:31pm

– School opens for 2023 on Tuesday 31 January
– School closes for 2023 on Friday 15 December

Apologies for the error printed in today’s newsletter!

Calendar Art – order forms

Wed Sep 14 12:47am

Calendar art order forms have now gone home with students. Orders need to be placed by the 23rd of September. Cash/Eftpos is available at the school office or internet banking details are on your child’s order form.

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Tue Sep 13 11:31pm

Please note the Newsletter is found in multiple places; Newsletter on the SchoolApp, the school Website and it is emailed out once completed.


New principal announcement

Tue Sep 13 09:02pm

The board is delighted to announce that Symon Beattie, our acting principal, has accepted the permanent position of principal at Witherlea School.

We had an excellent field of candidates, and Symon was a perfect match for the preferred skills and characteristics selected through consultation with our staff, students, and community.

Symon will continue the great work that he has started at our school, and we look forward to many years of his leadership at Witherlea.

Message from the Ministry of Education New long-term strategy for COVID-19

Mon Sep 12 08:59pm

You will be aware that New Zealand will move to a new, long-term approach to COVID-19. These changes have been made based on public health advice and reflect high levels of immunity and declining case numbers across New Zealand.

This new approach will only result in minor changes to the way we operate.

The very positive news is that household contacts of a person with COVID-19 do not need to isolate, but instead are asked to complete a RAT test each day, for five days. Therefore, ākonga who are household contacts but test negative and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, should continue to attend. It is the best place for them to be so they can be engaged in their learning, and connected with their teachers, classmates and friends.

Information on how to get RAT kits can be found here:  Ministry of Health Request a RAT

Mask wearing is no longer required. 

All the other recommended public health measures will stay in place, as we know they reduce the spread of infectious illnesses including COVID-19. These include ensuring our indoor spaces are well-ventilated, maintaining good hand hygiene, encouraging everyone to cough or sneeze into elbows and, most importantly, staying home and getting tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support in protecting our community.

VOLLEYBALL registrations and WEETBIX TRYATHLON registrations.

Wed Sep 07 03:55am


Volleyball registrations for the Term 4 2022 league are now open on the sports Hub for any children in Year 3-6. Registrations and payments are to be completed by Friday 23rd September. 

Weetbix Tryathlon registrations for the 2023 Nelson event open tomorrow (Thursday 8th September). While this event is not organized through school, you are able to select the Witherlea School group on the registration form which should allow you the option of having your Tryathlon pack sent to school. Follow the link to the School Group page 

Reminder – Coffee and Assembly

Sun Sep 04 07:40pm

We would love to see whanau/family this morning for coffee and assembly. All welcome from 8:30am.

8.30am – 9am Coffee Cart 

9.00 – 9.30am Assembly

We hope you can join us!


Message from the Witherlea Board – New Principal Appointment Update

Fri Sep 02 02:42am

The Principal applications have now closed. The Board received a number of applications for the Principal position, with many high calibre candidates.

We have now shortlisted three candidates, who we will be interviewing in Week 8.

We hope to be in a position to appoint the new principal at the end of the interview process.

Khalid Suleiman

Presiding Member

Witherlea School Board

Second Hand Uniform Shop – TODAY

Mon Aug 01 09:54pm

Our second hand uniform shop will be open from 2:45pm – 3:15pm today. It is located inside the hall, in the hall kitchen.
T-Shirts/Shorts/Skorts $5.00 each
Polar Fleece $10.00 each
Payment by Cash/Eftpos to the school office
Please ensure all items of uniform are clearly named.