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

Looking forward to seeing everyone this morning. Please folllow the below;

Wed Jun 22 06:50pm

– Rug up warm its -2 degrees

– Bags to cloak bay

– Don’t forget mugs

– Hikoi, sing, karakia and kai together!


Please click for this week’s Newsletter

Sun Jun 19 11:46pm

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


Last day of our PB4L Community Survey regarding the characteristics of the “Ideal Witherlea Student” – click below;

Sun Jun 19 08:33pm

Open and fill in! Ideal Witherlea Student – Community Survey

Thank you.

Reminder regarding COVID and Safety requirements for Term Two below;

Sun Jun 19 07:23pm

Orange Light Settings; mask-wearing and social distancing within school grounds and classrooms for ALL visitors

School gates OPEN at 8:30am no earlier

Children MUST go home at 3pm 

Remind children to stay OFF gates and fences

COVID and Safety Update (Click to read)


Matariki Hikoi

Fri Jun 17 03:19am

“Witherlea’s celebration of Matariki is on THURSDAY 23rd June starting at 7am on the top turf.  Please ask your children to put their bags on their hooks by their classrooms before meeting on the turf. A welcome from one of our students will start the morning, before walking up to the Tea House in Harling Park to watch the sunrise. A walk back to school will follow this, where we will share some kai and warm milo, (children are to bring their own cup for this) before opening the classrooms to share your child’s learning until 9am. (Please remember to wear a mask). We look forward to seeing you.” 

Important community message from our Board Chair. Click to open and read.

Wed Jun 15 04:34am


Board Letter to our Community

We need your VOICE for our PB4L next step – this is a VERY quick community survey with 2 questions for you. Click below;

Tue Jun 14 08:53pm

PB4L Community Survey

This is also in the Links on this app and has been sent out via Seesaw.

We need this completed by Monday 20th June.

Thank you so much for your help!

Second Hand Uniform Shop – TODAY

Mon Jun 13 09:02pm

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.

School Photos

Thu Jun 09 04:28am

A gentle reminder that the last day for returning your child’s school photo order form is tomorrow (10th of June).

Important Safety Message – click to view

Wed Jun 08 02:50am

This morning, a parent witnessed a Witherlea pupil very nearly getting run over by a car, at the pedestrian crossing in front of the school.
There was no road patrol this morning which is part of the problem (we are having issues filling these supervision roles due to sickness and COVID). However, she was riding her bike as she was crossing. The parent accompanying her was pushing a buggy and had no way to be able to stop her, as she was biking a few meters ahead of the adult. 

A reminder to all that we walk scooters and bikes across ALL roads – please inform your children.

If anyone can support our Road Patrol in the mornings please email;

New Principal Survey

Thu May 26 07:13am

Please remember to complete the survey by Friday the 27th of May.

If you did not receive by email this survey, please contact Jen Sim at

New Principal Survey

Fri May 20 03:24am

Yesterday afternoon you were emailed a New Principal Survey to be completed by 27th May 2022.  

Please check your spam/junk folder as this is where it may have gone to.

If you did not receive it at all, please contact Jen Sim at

Witherlea School Board

Important community message from our Board Chair. Click to open and read.

Mon May 09 04:30am


Board Letter to our Community