Welcome to Waitaki Valley School, Kurow. Our unique school provides a well rounded education from Yr 1 through to Yr 8 for students living in the Waitaki Valley.  This area is vast - from Otematata to Otekaike, from Kurow up the Hakataramea Valley to Cattle Creek.  

Our learning spaces (Aoraki, Hauwhenua, Moana, Pukepuke and Mahutonga) reflect the unique environment that our children live in.  Our purpose built school, provides a state of the art building within which we can utilise the spaces for collaborative, child-centred learning.  We welcome your visit.

Jane Severinsen

OUR MISSION: 'Our Place - To Belong, To Learn, To Achieve'
Tōu Mātou Tūrangawaewae, Ki te ako, Ki te tutuki

recognises the unique environment that the children of our school come from – that is OUR PLACE.

Despite the wide geographical area, and the smaller communities that our families live within, we wish for everyone associated with our school – students, families, staff and the wider community, to feel that sense of BELONGing.  Within our school environment we aspire for all of our students to LEARN – to learn about themselves, about others, about the world around them, and of course in literacy, numeracy and the other curriculum areas.  We wish for all children to ACHIEVE in the best way that they can, across a wide variety of areas.


1.     To fully utilise our environment to enhance teaching and learning. (Our Place)

2.     To inspire and engage our community to be an integral part of our students’ learning. (To Belong)

3.     To lay the foundation enabling all children to realise their potential as life-long learners in our ever-changing world. (To Learn, To Achieve)

Our Strategic Goals are very closely aligned with our Mission Statement and Vision.


Kurow and the Hakataramea Valley are often referred to as the birthplace of Richie McCaw – a NZ icon and role model. Richie didn’t just want to be an All Black – he wanted to be a ‘GREAT All Black’.  We want that for our students – not to just be students, people, community members . . .  – we want them to be GREAT students, people and community members.