Clarkville School Choose to be more | Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku

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Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao is located 3 minutes drive from the town of Kaiapoi. The semi rural nature of the school, provides a setting for our 200 children to learn in an environment that is very special.

The school has a long history of providing education for those children in the area for 149 years! We have many children at the school whose parents and grandparents also attended previously.

Formally Clarkville School, Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao was gifted its new name by Kai Tuahuriri runanga based out of Tuahiwi marae in 2022. It is a very special name, translated, meaning the ‘school of the cold water’ making reference to our close geographical location to the Waimakariri River. Along with our new name, we were also gifted our school Cultural Narrative, an important document that provides important insights into the historical nature of the land.

Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao has a committed and talented teaching team that work incredibly hard to ensure that the education children receive is unique and special.
Our school has an embedded Inquiry-based curriculum that allows children to develop their interests while acquiring important skills for our ever changing world. Our school Wellbeing Model also acknowledges the importance of developing  healthy practices, relationships and self awareness so that learners can flourish.

Our school values are an important part of life at Clarkville with children encouraged and motivated to display these through their hard work and interactions with others.We have a super supportive School Board that provides effective governance for our school to thrive. We are also incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful PTA that allow the school to provide those special ‘extras’ for our children in partnership with school staff.

We are so proud of all of our Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao children! They work so incredibly hard to be the best learners that they can be and live our school vision – ‘Choose to be More’.I would love to have the opportunity to show you around our special place. Please make contact with our school office or complete an Expression of Interest form on our Enrolment page and we’ll be in touch.

Kris Barrow

Mission I Vision I Values

Vision: Choose to be more | Whiriwhiria kia eke panuku

Mission: To grow people who care, know themselves, question and make things happen through collaboration to become relentless learners and global citizens.


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Learning at Clarkville Te Kura ki Waimātao

As a Silver Enviroschool, we are committed to learning how to care for our planet so that we can live healthy, sustainable lives.

Our Wellbeing and Learning models focus our energy towards growing flourishing individuals who love to learn and who act with confidence.