Wharenui School (Official)

Established in 1907. Wharenui School is a multi- cultural primary school in Riccarton, Christchurch,

Operating as usual


Kia ora e te whānau,
One of our students is missing her diamond skateboard similar to the one in the picture attached. This was left in by the scooter stands earlier this week and wasn't there when she tried to collect it on her way home. This skateboard was a gift from her sister and she is desperately wanting it returned.
If your child has accidentally taken this item home, can you please return it to school as soon as possible.
Ngā manaakitanga,
Tracey and the Wharenui Staff


Year 5 to 8 Winter Sport is cancelled today due to ground conditions.

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 25/06/2022

As part of our Matariki Art, eleven of our Year 7 and 8 students had their work selected to be displayed at Westfields Riccarton Mall, on Level 2, outside Sony. Work displayed is from Kirkwood Intermediate and Wharenui Senior Students.


Kia ora e te whānau,

Just a friendly reminder that school is closed this Friday (24 June) due to our first national Matariki public holiday. Check out our Linc-Ed Hero notice for details about our Matariki Art Exhibition that is happening tomorrow.

George and the team from the Christchurch City Council have been working in our hubs this week. The team have been promoting active travel when getting to school, as well as a student journey planning web tool that has been created exclusively for our school.

The webpage allows tamariki to create their own journey plan to school and see how they can get to school using active modes of transport (walking, cycling, scooting etc). We encourage you and your whānau to have a go using the tool, you can follow the link: https://maps.abley.com/ccc/school-journeys/wharenui/
Once a journey plan is created, you can download and print it. The trial webpage is only available for a couple of weeks, plenty of time to get creating.

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes),
Wharenui Staff


Talofa lava,

Just a friendly reminder that this Friday 3rd June is our Staff Only Day. The school will be closed for students as our staff are heading to Tuahiwi Marae to take part in a Cultural Education workshop.

Monday 6th June is a public holiday for the Queen's birthday. We look forward to seeing all students back at school on Tuesday 7th June.

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes),

The Wharenui Staff


Uniform Sale
Friday 8 April: 8 am - 8.50 am in the Canteen area

There will be a selection of pre-loved school uniform available for purchase for $1 or $2 on Friday 8 April before school. Cash and Eftpos accepted. This is a great opportunity to stock up for winter!


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
Just a reminder that today (6 February) we commemorate Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tomorrow (Monday 7 February) is a public holiday.

Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand, marks the anniversary of the initial signing – on 6 February 1840 – of the Treaty of Waitangi, which is regarded as the founding document of the nation.

Here is a link to an activity book from Te Papa about Te Tiriti o Waitangi:https://www.tepapa.govt.nz/sites/default/files/waitangi_activity_book_a4.pdf

We look forward to seeing everyone at school on Tuesday.
Nga mihi nui,

The Wharenui Staff



Bike the confident way – Adult Bike Skills sessions

These sessions are fully funded by Christchurch City Council, and will be run within COVID guidelines. These will be held at Wharenui School on the basketball court area.

Adult Bike Skills workshops at Wharenui Primary School the next 3 Tuesdays (8th, 15th & 22nd), 5:30-6:30pm.

Please contact Paul [email protected]


Bike the confident way – Adult Bike Skills sessions

If you are new to riding, haven’t been on a bike for a while, or want to take your confidence to a new level, then Adult Bike Skills training with Paul Odlin is for you.

This course provides personalised advice in a supportive environment with the aim of giving you the confidence to ride across different road environments. The workshops are done in small groups of 4-6 people and you can also arrange a group session of your own with whānau, friends or colleagues. Participants must be 16 years and over.

These sessions are fully funded by Christchurch City Council, and will be run within COVID guidelines. These will be held at Wharenui School on the basketball court area.

Please contact Paul [email protected]


Kia ora Whanau, Parents and Caregivers,

Ako Hui
Due to Covid-19 restrictions it has been necessary to make changes to our plans for starting the term.

Ako-hui will continue to happen on the 1st and 2nd of February. Your child/children have been allocated a time and day. An email has been sent out to everyone so please reply to this email to confirm the time and date suit.

If you are unable to attend at the time allocated to you, please contact your class teacher or our school office by phone or email. You may arrange another time later in the week or alternative arrangement can be made if you are unable to come into school (e.g google meet or phone call).

When you come to school there are health and safety protocols, that we are all familiar with, that we need to follow.
Please scan in as you pass through the school gates.
Please sanitize your hands and your children’s hands as you arrive at school.
Please wear a face mask. If you have an exemption, please bring a copy with you.
Children between Year 4 to 8 are also required to wear a mask inside the classroom at school.
Children between Year 0 to 3 may wear a mask if they feel more comfortable.
If your child has an exemption, please bring it with you.
If you are unsure about health and safety protocols or any other school information, please contact your class teacher or our school office.


2022 Wharenui School Uniforms
K Mart - red polo tops $3.00, blue shorts $7.00
Postie Plus - red polo tops $5.00 blue shorts $10.00 skorts $7.00 and bucket hats $7.00
Warehouse - red polo 2 pack $10.00, blue shorts $10.00


Day 4 Camp: The day started early with a packing of bags, tents down, air beds, and stretchers folded up. A breakfast of leftovers and because of the great quality food then was not as much as usual. Tents were then packed up, the trailer filled, big cleaning job (as we always leave a place better than we found it) we were off to Adrenalin Forest. I was really proud that every child had a go but special mention for Ayyub who completed Level 6, the highest one. After a fish and chip lunch at Spencer Park, we headed back to school.

I know how tired the teachers are so I believe the children will be having a very early night. A very special thanks to Tai and Kerri for their wonderful work in the kitchen and the quality food. A huge thanks to Cate and Kieran for all their work and to my student teacher Hannah for experiencing her first school camp as a leader. Tracey, Beaven, Terenz, and Sam all came out for some of the time which was really appreciated. A special mention for Daral for bringing out the trailer, picking up our fish and chips, and always being there for us. And the children this year were a very special group who gave everything a go, made us laugh, looked out for each other and were really helpful. I hope we all sleep really well.


Day 3 of camp: Missed out on sailing sadly due an issue outside our control. A day of games, swimming, shifting
the boys to the hall and girls to the tents for our final night. Another fun day with good weather.


Year 7 and 8 camp report. Day 1: started with surfing but due to the wind this was cut short. Everyone got a chance to either body board or surf. The afternoon was spent at the Spencer Park playground then we travelled to our campsite. Team building games were played followed by tent pitching and bed organisations. A cold night in the tents but all asleep around 11.30pm.
Day 2: A walk to the Groynes followed by rafting and river crossing. A big day but a lot of fun. Food fear factor was the highlight of the evening entertainment. Most were asleep by 10.00pm.

So far except for the wind Tuesday we have had great weather. Children are happy and are enjoying the variety of activities. Great food, thanks to our amazing cooks.

Many photos to come.


Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Can Drive to support the Salvation Army. More cans of food will be gratefully accepted.


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
We hope everyone is having a restful and relaxing weekend.

Just a reminder that tomorrow is Labour Day (public holiday) and we have our Staff Only Day on Tuesday.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Wednesday from 8.30 am onwards. Enjoy some extra time with your whānau and friends this long weekend.

Noho ora mai nā,
Wharenui Staff

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 24/09/2021

The Wharenui Yr 7 and 8 Basketball team played Cobham Intermediate tonight in the finals and won 38 - 6. Well done boys and a big thanks to Kieran who coached and the regular supporters. A celebration fish and chip tea followed.


Kia ora e te whānau,
We are really looking forward to seeing all students back on site tomorrow. Everyone should have received an email via eTap containing the Covid Alert Level 2 information.

Below are a few reminders for tomorrow:
Please return all devices (including the charger) in the box to the hall when you arrive at school.
No parents are to come onsite unless absolutely necessary. Any parent that does must fill out our contract tracing register form or report to the school office immediately. Staff and student leaders will be able to support our younger students to get to class if needed.
At 2.50 pm older siblings will meet the juniors (Rito Hub) on the court. Junior students/families will leave from here.
At 2.55 pm scooters and cyclists will leave via the staff car park exit. A pathway will be created to help with the safety of this.
At 3.00 pm everyone else will assemble on the court. Walkers will depart. Parents are able to wait on the basketball court by the fence and teachers will send your child/ren to you.

There will be no lunch orders taken, but green lunches will still be available.

At Alert Level 2 there is low risk of community transmission and it provides us with a lot more opportunities to engage and connect with others. However, there are still a number of public health requirements we all need to follow. Please do not send your children to school if they are not well (and seek advice about getting a COVID test). Make sure you contact the office to let us know that they won't be attending school and why.

For us, all the required safety precautions for Alert Level 2 will be in place which include following all the recommendations from the public health experts. This means we will regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, encourage everyone to frequently wash their hands and cough and sneeze into their elbow. While physical distancing is not a requirement in schools, we will be doing our best to keep students from congregating in very large numbers and keeping spaces well-ventilated.

Face coverings are not required to be worn in school. The Director General of Health has recommended that children 12 years+ wear a face covering at school – just as older children are required to wear face coverings in some other places. The decision to wear a face covering is up to you and your whānau, whatever your decision it will be respected.

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s kaiako (teacher) or me if there is something you need assistance with. See you all tomorrow!

The Wharenui Staff


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
We are sure everyone was waiting patiently for the announcement at 4 pm today and are now aware that we are moving to Alert Level 2 at 11.59 pm on Tuesday.

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Thursday 9th September under modified Alert Level 2 conditions. We will shared the updated conditions with you all when they become available.

We are really excited to reconnect with everyone and will be in touch tomorrow with more information.

Noho ora mai nā (Stay well / take care of yourself),
Wharenui Staff

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 06/09/2021

From Bubble 1
The Year 5/6 students in Bubble 1 have been completing their online learning work from school. The well-being activity for today was to find an inspirational quote, write it down and share it with the community. Have a look at our fantastic work - it will sure to make you smile.😀 - Libby


Rito Hub Google Meet is cancelled for just today. The teachers look forward to meeting up again tomorrow at 10.00am.

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 30/08/2021

Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
Attached is an update from Rito Hub who have been applying the Life Rafts to our current situation. The Rito Hub teachers have issued the students with the challenge of helping their neighbourhood to feel brave during these trying times. The students have been making rainbows to place in their windows for others to see as they walk past their homes. Check out the fantastic examples below!

If your child is in the Rito Hub and would like to join their daily 10am Google Meet sessions please feel free to contact your child’s teacher for the link.

Take care, stay home and stay well team!

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 28/08/2021

Kia ora koutou,
This weekend, it’s important that everyone stays home to stop the spread of Delta.

Information in regards to Level 3 has been sent out via eTAP yesterday and shared here also. At Level 3 the key message is that if you can, you should keep your child home.

If there is someone who is working from home, someone within your bubble (be that a relative, friend or neighbour) that can look after your child/ren then this is the best option until the alert levels decrease. If your child has a health condition that means they are at a greater risk of a severe illness then you must keep them at home also.

A big thank you for taking the lockdown seriously and doing what we have been asked – we’ve seen before that staying at home will break the chain of transmission and save lives. So in the meantime please stay safe, stay home and stay well. If there is anything we can do to support you and your whānau, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Ngā manaakitanga (with best wishes),
The Wharenui Staff


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
I think we had all anticipated a further extension of Alert Level 4, and the Prime Minister has confirmed this. The Alert Level will be reviewed on Friday afternoon, but for now Alert Level 4 will remain in place until 12:59pm Friday 27 August. School remains closed.

The distribution of our hard packs and digital devices has started so a huge thank you to everyone for their patience with this process. Staff members will be in contact with you either via phone or text message about this. The Ministry of Education may be sending out larger packs later on depending on the length of the lockdown and we will inform you of when these come out.

Each team will be sharing with you their distance learning plans today. For those families that have opted for online learning, the teachers will be using the digital platforms that the students and/or whānau are already familiar with such as Seesaw, Google Classroom and Hapara. Remember if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher via email during school hours.

The Sparklers at Home website has some great activities and resources that can be used at home, especially when fantastic weather has been forecasted. Attached are a few activities you might like to try!

The hauora of our school community is our main priority and we are here to support so if there is anything we can do, please let us know.

Ngā manaakitanga,
Wharenui Staff


Tēnā koutou e te whānau,
As expected the government has decided to extend the lockdown for all of the country until 11.59pm on Tuesday 24 August. School remains closed. Staff will be going into school and organising learning packs and to prepare devices ready to share with families. We will communicate on Monday afternoon how and when this will happen. Please continue to check your emails/texts/facebook for further information.

Our teaching staff have been making contact with families and a huge thank you to all those that have responded, it’s good to know you are all safe. If you are yet to receive a text message or have been unable to reply you may do so through the message function on this page.

There will be further notification on the alert level to come early next week and we will communicate what this involves when we get the information.

Stay safe, stay well and enjoy the weekend with your whānau,
Tracey and the Wharenui staff

Someone in my household is making the most of the afternoon sunshine!

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 17/08/2021

Kia ora e te whanau,
Our priority is safety and well-being over the next few days - stay home, stay safe. We appreciate that the sudden change in alert levels will affect our staff, students, their whanau and the wider community in different ways. Please don’t stress about learning at this stage as we realise that students may not have resources at home. In our newsletter today, we have included some links and resources to support distance learning if required.
Noho ora mai nā (Stay well / take care of yourself),
Wharenui Staff



Kia ora whanau,
As you will be aware we will move to alert Level 4 at 11.59 pm for 3 days. This means that school is closed for everyone on Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of August 2021. Please check your emails/facebook/phones tomorrow as we will continue to share information as it becomes available.

Stay home, stay safe and take care,
Wharenui Staff


Thursday 19th August Yellow Day. Wear something yellow. Bring a gold coin donation with proceeds going to the Cancer Society.

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 16/08/2021

Newsletter Week 4

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 09/08/2021

Week 3 Newsletter


The Wharenui PTA is a group of interested and motivated parents/caregivers and staff. The PTA organizes various fundraising events and initiatives and brings together our community of families.

We are always looking for new parents/caregivers who would like to join and be involved in their child’s education.

The first meeting for this term is to be held in the staffroom on Friday 6 August, 8.55 am - 9.30 am. New members are most welcome!

Ngā mihi nui,
The Wharenui PTA

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 02/08/2021

Week 2 Newsletter

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 27/07/2021

Term 3 Week 1 Newsletter


Kia ora e te whanau,
We hope everyone has had a restful and relaxing break.

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow from 8.30 am onwards. Term 3 starts tomorrow on Monday 26 July and ends on Friday 1 October.

Nga mihi nui,
Wharenui Staff

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 07/07/2021

Staff verse students basketball game at lunchtime today in the Recreation Centre. Won by the staff but they did have a slight height advantage. Well played by all.

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 07/07/2021

Today our seniors were invited by the junior school to visit the hall to enjoy the artwork created for Matariki.

Photos from Wharenui School (Official)'s post 07/07/2021

Rata making soup for our kai at last night's Matariki celebration. I particularly like the eye protection for cutting up the onions. Delicious soup.

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32 Matipo Street, Riccarton

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