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Kia Ora! Welcome to Woodlands Park School!

This school truly is a special place. We work hard to ensure that children have a strong sense of belonging, they feel safe and respected and they love to be here. We see this as a great opportunity to share our wonderful school with the world. I hope you enjoy sharing the children's activities and keeping up-to-date with school events. Woodlands Park School has a strong community spirit and enjoys high levels of parental involvement. 

We pride ourselves on being a small school with a big heart. Extensive consultation by the Board of Trustees has indicated that the way in which we uphold each person as an individual, but work together genuinely as a team, is important to parents, children and staff. This was commended by the Education Review Office in our last report. The size of our school means that we know all our children well:

The school has high expectations of all students to achieve well. The school values which include excellence, respect, responsibility and honesty, are reflected in the relationships with the school community.  School leaders promote partnership with the children' s families.  The school is very inclusive of students with special needs and recognises the strengths they bring.  The school's curriculum is broad and very effectively promotes and supports student learning.  Positive and supportive relationships among teachers and students are based on mutual respect and on teachers knowing their students and their families well" (ERO, 2015).

Part of our vision for the near future is to be recognised as a centre for excellence in education and we are well on the way to being just that. We have achieved a four to five year reveiw status from ERO since this was introduced and stand proudly as one of the founding Green Gold Enviroschools, with a proud tradition of sustainability.  Our school acts as a tuakana (mentor) to other schools, supporting them on their own Enviroschools journeys and our children contribute to many community sustainability initiatives.  

I was appointed principal in 2007, but I worked here as a teacher and as deputy principal for nearly seven years prior to that. My three daughters attended Woodlands Park School too, before I came to the school to teach, so my commitment stretches back over many years, on several different levels. I am passionate about education: I was awarded a Local Hero Award in 2016 for my work in inclusive education at this school. I have masters and PhD degrees in science and a degree in Journalism. I completed early childhood education training. I also held a paramedic’s certificate for many years and I am a member of Piha Surf Life Saving Club. I love to swim, run, read – I’ll read anything from literature to cereal boxes – and be with young people. We live not very far from the school and my husband also works relatively locally – we’re ‘Westies’ and proud of it.

By enrolling your child at Woodlands Park School, you are assured of an excellent education for him or her, but you also have the opportunity to become part of a vibrant community. We welcome you most warmly and look forward to a long and happy partnership in the education of your child.

Children enjoy a variety of out-of-class programmes including native tree-planting with ARC rangers, working in the school shade-house and gardens and helping with our composting programme and worm farm. We also have a school band, a string group, a choir and Te rōpū o Kopai, our fantastic Kapa Haka.

Sporting opportunities include weekend competitions in a variety of codes. Children also enjoy our annual inter-school sports events including swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, gymnastics and athletics. Our older children learn to sail locally and from year 3 onwards, children enjoy camp experiences as part of our Education Outside the Classroom programme. We have an experienced and dedicated staff with a great variety of special talents - especially in Art, Science, Music, Sport, and Mathematics.

Please contact me at principal@woodlandspark.school.nz if you would like any further information about our school.

Thank you for visiting our website
Dr Liz Manley
PRINCIPAL

 
 
 
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