Welcome to Kawaha Point School 


Kawaha Point School is located in Rotorua and caters for students from Years 1 to 6. The school roll usually sits between 250-320, depending on the time of year. About 60% of our students identify as Māori. The school provides bilingual education as an integral part of the school with the equivalent of two bilingual classes.

We promote a warm and inclusive learning environment and parents are actively encouraged to participate and contribute to the life of the school. 

Our students have many opportunities to experience success in a range of academic, sporting and cultural activities. 


Tena koutou katoa, nga mihi nui kia koutou katoa. 

Welcome to all parents, caregivers and community members. Kawaha Point has a dedicated staff and Board of Trustees that really care about the students that are enrolled at our school. Our teaching staff are a wonderful mix of experienced teachers and enthusiastic newcomers that combine to offer the very best of learning opportunities. Several of these teachers either have their Masters Degree or are working towards them.


We have the equivalent of 2 Bilingual classes and currently have the equivalent of 10 English medium classes that give us enviable teacher to student ratios, particularly in the junior school. We have several Reading Recovery trained teachers on staff and this supports our new entrants with a great start to their education. Our localised curriculum focus is on ensuring students get a wide variety of learning experiences and opportunities. We believe that knowing things is no longer good enough for our students and that students must now be able to understand enduring concepts. We also believe in teaching students ‘just in time’ when the knowledge or understanding is useful in a real context rather than ‘just in case’ as schools used to do when I went to school! Learning through play is developing in our school and we are excited about the possibilities it offers our learners.

National Standards are dead and, despite our students doing well when assessed against these, we believe that our curriculum should be far more than just reading, writing and maths. We want to inspire the artist, the drummer, the sports star and all the other people that make our society so diverse and interesting. We are very excited about the year ahead. We not only encourage parents and family members to be involved in the school and their child’s education, but really look forward to opportunities to discuss aspects of your child’s education. You are always welcome at KawahaPointSchool to chat with teachers or drop in to the staffroom for a coffee. Our ‘Open Door Policy’ encourages parents to be involved at school whenever they like. In fact, if you are looking for a mechanic school (where you drop your child off to be ‘fixed’ and then collect them at the end of the day) we are probably not the right school for you. We want you involved in your child’s education!


We believe that the word ‘fun’ should be an integral part of every child’s education. We hope you will enjoy your time with Kawaha Point School and we look forward to working with you.

Regards, Andrew Sinclair - Principal


Kawaha Point School
Aquarius Drive
Rotorua, New Zealand
Ph: 07 348 5864
Fax: 07 349 2581