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Area School

Area schools have a unique nature – our senior classes are small and provide opportunities for small group and individual support. Most year 11 classes are less than 20 students and many of our year 12 and 13 classes have less than 10 students.

The Benefits of
our Area School

Our students enjoy advantages that are not usually available in other schools.

Cohesion & Stability

Continuity in education avoiding the disruption of starting new schools at intermediate and secondary levels.


Significant leadership opportunities for senior students and confidence building relationships for juniors.

Small Class Sizes

A small senior school giving our students the chance to construct 'tailor made' courses, with close and full support.

Highly professional staff

Staff across all school levels support learning success. Our individual student achievements and NCEA results reflect this.

Opportunities For All

Our younger year 1-6 students have access to specialist facilities and staff that are usually only available for secondary students.

Positive Learning Spaces

Specialist teaching areas provide purpose built amenities and create a positive learning environment for our students.

Local Environment

Whangamata is a beautiful coastal town with approximately 4 kilometres of surf beach bordered by tidal estuaries. A range of outdoor activities are available to enjoy whether it be surfing on the famous bar, kayaking or snorkelling in the harbour, or fishing off the wharf. All of these activities are woven into the curriculum our students experience.

Our Vision

Creating connected, engaged lifelong learners through positive, productive partnerships and authentic learning experiences
Personalised learning

Our Mission

Whangamata Area School will provide for the personalised learning of all students so that they have the skills and attitudes that enable them to thrive in the future.

Our Values

Manaakitanga means to ‘uplift and foster mana’. Particularly, the mana of a person expresses itself in their ability to do certain things, in their skills and talents. Manaakitanga is a value or a principle which is concerned with the uplifting, fostering and nurturing the mana of the person.

Whanaungatanga is a term for interconnectedness and relatedness. Whanaungatanga is a value about maintaining and fostering relationships. It is about making good connections between people and between people and our world. It is about understanding that we are all interconnected in some way and one’s thoughts and actions connect with other things.



Students at Whangamata Area School are encouraged to show KORU at all times and students that continue to display the characteristics of KORU are recognised through staff endorsement on their KORU card and winning a prize at the KORU card draw at assembly.


Ako He Tupu – Learning is Growth

Ko te tupu o te ako I roto io koutou ringa
(the growth of the learning is in your hands).


Kia rite

Be prepared.



Treat, others, yourself, and our environments with care.



To value whanaungatanga on our shared journeys.
Positive Behaviour 4 Learning


Primary Years 1-6

Securing key foundational skills in Literacy, Numeracy, Digital Technologies, the Sciences, Arts, and Physical Education.

Middle Years 7-10

The middle school at WAS offers an opportunity for students to build on their foundational learning in a rich natural environment.

Senior Years 11-13

Structured to encourage students to develop a flexible pathways approach to  learning while keeping their options open for the future.