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"Happy, Confident Learners"


About Us

Wakari School is a Contributing Primary School located in the hill suburbs of Dunedin. We cater for children from ages 5 – 11 (Years 1 – 6). The School has a Roll of around 300 pupils which increases as new entrants join us throughout the year. 





Our Values

At Wakari School we promote our values of 

Honesty, Manners, Respect, Cooperation & Kindness.

As a Family orientated school we promote and encourage parental involvement. This assistance is vital for the children’s education during their time with us. School Camps, trips, swimming and School Fairs would simply not be possible without the assistance that Whanau offer. Our school has a proud tradition of community involvement stretching back to 1858! 

Our Vision and Aims

Wakari prides itself on developing its Vision with our pupils; “Happy, Confident Learners”. We look to achieve this through a Co-operative Approach to Teaching and Learning. We have Three Syndicates across the School which operate in Learning Hubs. We aim to provide our pupils with the means to achieve their best in a caring, safe and secure environment. Wakari School benefits from a true team approach. 

What We Offer
  • Experienced and well qualified teachers 
  • Dedicated support staff 
  • Forward-looking and innovative school 
  • Positive, respecful environment 
  • Flexible learning environment 
  • Effective learning support programmes 
  • Large grass areas 
  • Great playgounds 
  • Swimming pool 
  • Community support 


What's happening at Wakari School?

Upcoming Events in June

Mon 24

Book Fair

24 Jun 2024

Mon 24

Parent-teacher Interviews

24 Jun 2024

Fri 28


28 Jun 2024

Latest Notices

Book Fair
24 Jun 2024

Our annual Book Fair is on during Parent-teacher interviews. Drop into the school library and have a look while you are at school.

IMPORTANT: Busy Bumbles Holiday Programme
20 Jun 2024

Currently, the number of children booked into the Term 2 Holiday Programme at Wakari School is extremely low. Each day of the programme has only 2 - 4 children booked in. A programme with such low numbers would not be enjoyable for the children so we will not be able to proceed unless we receive a significant number of bookings very soon.

If you are thinking of booking your children into the Term 2 Holiday Programme at Wakari, please do so by the end of this week. Remember, children from all schools are welcome to attend any of our holiday programmes so, bring your friends along! See picture for programme details.

We will make a decision on the future of the Wakari programme early next week. If the programme does not proceed, any existing bookings can be transferred to our Fairfield venue or removed free of charge.

Here is the booking link for the Term 2 Holiday Programme at Wakari School, for your convenience:

Busy Bumbles is committed to providing enjoyable and stimulating care for the children of Dunedin and we will be incredibly disappointed if we cannot proceed with our programme at Wakari School during the upcoming holidays.


Parent-Teacher Interviews
20 Jun 2024

Parent-teacher interviews are on next Monday/Tuesday (24-25 June)

You can still book via the Skool Loop app.

Just go to bookings and follow the prompts.

Supporters and Sponsors

Parents, please support our local businesses

Huzur Kebab Subway – Dunedin Highmark Homes Dunedin Thai Opal Dunedin Carol Dalton - L J Hooker Dunedin
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