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. 


Kia Ora, Bula, Aloha, Talofa, Namaste, Hello

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.

Personalised message from Maria -

It's been wonderful settling into school and meeting everyone.

I simply love being out and about with the children, getting to know everyone will take time, but I am hoping not too long. I love being on morning duty drop off and school road patrol just to welcome and farewell our children at the end of the day and get to see you all.

I have  been asked what changes will happen at our school, if any. At the moment, my goal is to watch and see how everything works and fits together. Plus, get to know the staff and the children and you!

The first change I want to see will be having families and parents back on the school grounds, in our classrooms, and on school trips.  It is so essential to have you walking beside your child in their school journey. After a few bumpy terms with covid, it would be so lovely to return to seeing families enjoying being back in the school.

This term, our teams are busy organising trips, marae noho, and overnight camps to get back to being outside and enjoying the great outdoors.  Plus, there will be occasions for you to come in and chat- coffee mornings and parent interviews. 

Here's to a term of connecting and reconnecting!

I believe that it takes a village to raise a child. And I am so happy that I am part of this journey now with you and your child.

Maria Gillard




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