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Principal's Message

We believe that the education of our students is a three-way partnership between the students, their parents/whanau and the school. Wilford School is where students will be challenged, motivated to learn, receive quality teaching and experience a range of learning opportunities. Parents, whanau and the community support children's learning to the best of their abilities. Students are engaged and have a love of learning.

Neil Sargisson, School Principal

Current News
principals message Recent Newsletters (link to Term 2 Newsletters)
Newsletter Week 1 Term 4 - 17 October
Newsletter Week 2 Term 4 - 24 October
Newsletter Week 1 Term 3 - 25 July
Newsletter Week 2 - Term 3 - 1 August
Newsletter Week 3 - Term 3 - 8 August
Newsletter Week 4 - Term 3 - 15 August
Newsletter Week 5 - Term 3 - 22 August
Newsletter Week 6 - Term 3 - 29 August

Newsletter Week 7 - Term 3 - 5 September

Newsletter Week 8 - Term 3 - 12 September
Newsletter Week 9 - Term 3 - 19 September
Newsletter Week 10 - Term 3 - 26 September

What do you think of ERO’s parent booklets?

The Education Review Office (ERO) publishes a series of five booklets for parents and caregivers. We have a copy of these booklets in our school office.

We want to find out how useful the information is to parents, how the booklets can be improved, and if parents would prefer to receive the information in a different way.  

We’re starting with a survey of How is my child doing? To take part in the survey go to www.ero.govt.nz – Featured Publications. The survey runs until the end of September and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Follow this link to view the parent booklets: ERO's website

Education Review Office | Te Tari Arotake Mātauranga

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Wilford School 2013 ERO Report

Click here to read the Wilford School 2013 ERO Report

principals message Shady School Policy

Click Here for Wilford School's Shady School policy.

We aim to provide our children with a variety of shaded options outside in the play ground. Our skin protection strategies are in place to teach our students how to make good choices and be sun smart; both by teaching them safe sun practices and having our staff perform as good sun smart role models.

principals message Wilford School Charter 2014-2016

Click here for Wilford School Charter 2014-2016


principals message Wilford School Kapahaka

This will continue in Term 4.  There will be 2 groups.  A junior (Nga Kakano) group which will happen for all Nga Kakano and then a senior group, Year 5-8, which will be optional.  Both groups will have Kapahaka on Thursday afternoons.  Nga Kakano from 1.35-2.10pm and the seniors from 2.15-2.50pm.  Nga mihi    Cherie Toatoa


To contact Hamish Wright at Swimwright please click on the following link: www.swimwright.co.nz




Week 3 Term 4

* Monday 27 October - Labour Day - No School

* Friday 31 October - Touch Rugby starts

* Friday 31 October - Superhero / Favourite Character Day




Notice No3 – Friday 24 October 2014 – 3 weeks till Gala…



The gorgeous signs are up at the school gate and around Petone & the Hutt.  Plans for the big day are in full swing!  All the money raised will go towards the further upgrade our swimming pool complex, specifically new windows and doors. 


Please continue to drop off any good quality household items.  Leave goods at office.   Please note that we will not accept videos or video players, TV's, and will accept electronics ONLY in working condition.


Can you loan an awning or gazebo to the school for the gala?  We would really appreciate free standing (to go on concrete), and any size, big or small.  Please contact:  Debbie Omond (568 6834 / 021 144 7704 / mark-debbie@clear.net.nz)


Crafternoons  –  THURSDAYS - 12.30pm in the school hall – All welcome to help create gala craft items.  Contact:            Sarah Mataiti (565 1202 / 027 510 9739 / sarahmataiti@gmail.com) or Jo St Just (589 9923 / 021 711 151 / littlejo.nz@gmail.com)

Gala Raffle Tickets – On Wednesday, your child should have brought home the pink raffle tickets.  This raffle makes up a significant part of the gala fundraising and we would greatly appreciate you selling the tickets that you have been allocated & returning the money and ticket butts to the school office by Friday 7 November.  Tickets are only $2 with some fabulous prizes to be won.  Extra ticket booklets are available at the office.  We would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations of prizes to this raffle:

  • Interislander Cook Strait Ferry
  • Pit Stop Petone
  • Copthorne Hotel, Solway Park, Masterton
  • Capital Dental Petone
  • Soprano Italian Caffe Petone
  • Hippopotamus Restaurant
  • SHOTT Beverages
  • Swimwright Swim School
  • Baby on the Move Petone
  • Warehouse Stationery Petone
  • Taylors on Jackson
  • Staglands Wildlife Reserve
  • The Beauty Room Petone
  • Lighthouse Cinema Petone
  • De Nada Clothing Petone
  • Speights Ale House Petone
  • Café Chavi Petone
  • Go Bang Espresso Petone
  • Murray Heaney on Jackson
  • Seaview Service Station





Superhero / Favourite Dress Up Day – next Friday 31 Oct – Have fun with your dress-ups or even paint your face!  And please donate a grocery or kitchen item for the gala grocery raffles such as:  biscuits; pasta; jars; tinned food; packet or sachet food; cleaning cloths; glad wrap or biscuits.  Please check expiry date and that it’s unopened!

Gala Working Bees – run for the next 3 Tuesdays (28 Oct, 4 Nov & 11 Nov) 7-9pm in school hall.  Please come along and lend a hand with various gala jobs. 

Thanks to those volunteers that have given us their contact details to help at the gala.  Classroom rosters for individual stalls and activities will be out next week, so please take a moment to

put your name down in a time slot. 

Any queries, please contact the gala coordinators - Rosie Torbit (589 6465 / 021 256 8724 / torbitfamily@actrix.co.nz)  OR  Barb Scott (586 1737/ 021 448 995 / barb_tony@xtra.co.nz )





Term Dates 2015

We have confirmed our term dates for 2015.

Term 1: Monday Feb 2 - Thurs Apr 2

Term 2: Monday Apr 20 - Friday July 3

Term 3: Monday July 20 - Friday Sept 25

Term 4: Monday Oct 12 - Thurs Dec 17

There are public holidays on:  Friday February 6 (Waitangi Day);  Friday April 3 (Good Friday); Monday April 27 (Anzac Day – this is Mondayised in 2015);  Monday June 1 (Queen’s Birthday), and Monday October 26 (Labour Day). We will also be holding a Teacher Only Day for professional development on Friday May 29, giving students a four-day Queen’s Birthday weekend.