Paekakariki is a small seaside village on the Kapiti Coast. We are a short 40 minute drive from Wellington which gives us the advantage of enjoying city life and being a seaside town in one go. We are surrounded by the outdoors with wonderful beaches, parks and breath taking hills surrounding us, making it an ideal place for families.
The beach is a great attraction for families and many people have moved here from around New Zealand and overseas to enjoy the life style. Because of this our community is very diverse attracting a range of: artists, writers, actors, trades people and business professionals. They live here for the lifestyle and that small community feeling that is hard to find in New Zealand today .
Paekakariki School believes that the core of teaching is centred around literacy and numeracy. Without an understanding in these subjects we believe that all other subject areas cannot be fully understood.
We also believe however, that education is not just literacy and numeracy. The ability to inquire is important and so too the chance for our students to experiment and explore different ways to express themselves.
We believe strongly in the performing arts and we provide opportunities for our students to participate in events such as our annual Paekakariki Idol, School Band and Art and Dance Splash. We have a comprehensive visual arts programme and this is displayed throughout the school.
Our Te Reo and Kapa Haka programme continues to reflect the wishes of the community and the values of the Charter. The students are given the opportunity to participate in Te Reo, Kapa Haka and the performing Kapa Haka group.
As a school we punch above our weight in Inter-school and Regional sporting events. We place emphasis on providing our students with the chance to participate in a variety of sports and to maintain a good level of fitness.
The other key learning areas such as Science, Technology and Social Sciences are also embraced at our school.
But above all, we believe that our job as educators doesn't stop at our front gates it continues out into our Village. We place a lot of emphasis on preparing our children for life outside of the Paekakariki Community.
The culture of our Village is reflected in our recent travel plan survey conducted by the Kapiti District Council. The results reflected a community that respects the environment and is prepared to look out for each other. The majority of students catch a walking bus, ride, walk, scoot or skateboard to school. When asked why, they stated that it is good for the environment, it helps with their fitness but most importantly our parents trust us and know that our village is safe.