What makes us extra special?
Our aim is to develop self managed, independent, motivated learners. We value children’s individuality and creativity and view education as holistic. There is a strong environmental and artistic component in the community that is reflected in the school. We have strong feelings about nurturing and enhancing our spectacular environment. We have very professional teachers who believe in encouraging children to take responsibility for their learning. There is strong commitment from parents and wider community.
What the students say:
“We love Fern Valley where we get to walk through the bush and build huts”
“We have a big sandpit and an awesome playground”
“I love feeding the chickens, playing in Fern Valley and reading in the library”
“We do lots of different sports”
“I like all the different learning at our school like with computers”
Our library building was once the Waikaraka Church which was built on the Edwards farm in 1925, using voluntary labour and materials contributed by local families. Although voluntary materials and work covered most of the costs, one hundred and forty pounds was still needed to complete the work. The money was raised by means of five pound debentures and tennis afternoons held on nearby courts. In 1985 the church was generously given by the Waikaraka Church Trustees to the children of Whangarei Heads School and community members for use as a library. The original church area is used as the school library and an extension was later added on which now services the community with a fine range of adult books.
Our library is situated on the school grounds, directly behind the new building. It has continued to operate successfully over the last 25 years, with a fine range of books and resources, thanks to the Whangarei District Council who give an annual grant for the purchase of latest fiction and non-fiction books. We have also received grants from outside agencies, who over the years have supported us with funding. The Mobile Library Bus visits the school every 4 weeks which also enables us to rotate our stock, thus ensuring we have fresh reading material on offer. We gladly accept donations of books for our library.
The library is run on a voluntary basis and we welcome anyone who has an hour or two per week to help keep the library shelves tidy. The library has a very welcoming feel and is a delightful and charming retreat. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am – 12noon and membership is free. Come along and see what we have to offer!
Te Mongoroa is our multipurpose room. It is used for assemblies, discos, community events, prize-givings, weddings, family events, seminars … it is very versatile and set up with kitchen facilities, a stage, huge flat screen TV and audio gear. Private, plenty of parking and situated on spectacular surroundings. Contact the school to make an enquiry about hiring Te Mongoroa.
Whangarei Heads is surrounded by bush and situated at the bottom of Mount Manaia. The children enjoy building huts during break times, walking along the boardwalk through ‘Fern Valley’ and climbing trees. We have our very own hens and a school vege garden too.
Community Art Shed
The community Art Shed is a specially designed space that is used by the students and locals throughout the week. A dedicated art space ensures that students have the opportunity to be creative with a range of materials.