Kia ora koutou whanau
Welcome to our fantastic school in Parua Bay, Northland. Established in 1871 at Owhiwa Road, Parua Bay School is one of the oldest schools in Northland, nearing its 150th birthday. Ideally located on the stunning Whangarei Heads Peninsular, only 20 minutes from Whangarei, Parua Bay School is also one of the fastest growing schools in the district with a predicted roll of 350 students by the end of 2016. A co-educational school from Years 1-8, Parua Bay School still manages to engender the values and philosophies of a smaller community school, where caring for the environment and each other, respect, a balanced curriculum and the enjoyment of learning are all crucial components of the children’s education.
Parua Bay School offers a balanced combination of “Olde World Values” with modern teaching philosophies and state of the art facilities and buildings, along with a future – focused approach to preparing your children for the realities of life. Our “Four Kinds” Values Programme (Community Kind, Achieving Kind, Caring Kind and Environmental Kind) are very evident around the school; staff and students “live” these values daily, and certificates are presented to students every two weeks at assembly to celebrate the children that demonstrate these kinds.
The teachers are experienced, reflective and caring and regularly challenge themselves and each other to review their practice to seek better outcomes for all students. Teachers have been trialling a new collaborative teaching and learning philosophy in 2016 (you can learn more about this in the Readings Section of the “Communication” tab.) Students are encouraged to take risks, solve problems, master independent learning skills, take ownership of their learning and, above all, have fun with their learning.