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ki Apanui School

Apanui School is a primary school in Whakatāne and is a fantastic place. We have around 410 awesome children and 40 staff.

We work hard as staff and parents to provide the best school that we can for each child. I love the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child'. This is so true - as adults we need to work together to give every child a rich range of experiences and an education that is supported both at home and school.

We encourage you to follow our school and class Facebook pages. This will provide you with up to date information and all of our latest happenings.  
At Apanui we focus on Literacy and Mathematics, but we also want to provide the children with relevant experiences in The Arts, Science, Social Science, Technology, Te Reo Māori, Health and Sports. We use Learning through Play as a way of delivering our curriculum and engaging the children in real world learning. We have a wonderful team of staff who are supported by the Board of Trustees, our parents and community.
The Eastern Bay of Plenty is a great place for children to grow up. It is important the we acknowledge the past, our immediate outdoor environment and that we understand that the Eastern Bay is part of an amazing world. 

We want the children to understand that to be a positive member of society we need a range of knowledge and fantastic social skills. Apanui School is a PB4L School. This means that we teach the children about positive behaviours / social skills that allow them to communicate and co-operate effectively in any setting, both now and in the future. 
Regards - Simon Akroyd


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Learning Through Play at Apanui

Learning through Play is

  • Led by the child

  • About the process, not the product

  • Imaginative

  • Creative

  • About working together

  • Building upon what the child already knows and their experiences

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Apanui School Enrolment Zone

Apanui School has an enrolment zone. 

This means that we have more children wanting to attend Apanui School than we have space in our classrooms.

Families who live in zone need to bring proof of address into the office to receive an enrolment pack.


Families who live out of zone need to apply for the Out of Zone enrolment ballot which takes place twice each year in May and October. 

Apanui School Enrolment Zone


Friday 5 July

Last day of term

Reports sent home

It's in the bag assembly 1.45pm

Monday 22 July

First day term 1

Wednesday 7 August

Child centered conferences, school finishes at 12.30pm

A link to booking your child's conference will be in the first newsletter next term.

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