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Principal's Welcome

My name is Heather Tanner and it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our school website.

My role of principal at Elstow-Waihou School is one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. The children, teachers, staff, Board and PTA are all strong advocates of our school. It is a privilege to work with and for such an inclusive and committed community of learners.

Elstow-Waihou prides itself on proactively creating a future focused modern learning environment that positively embraces change and prepares our children for their future.

As a school community we really care about our school and the people in and associated with it. 

My desire for children is to have self-belief, nimble minds, appreciate their past, look forward to their future with direction, contribute to society and manage themselves appropriately in a range of contexts.


Naku noa, 

Heather Tanner

Elstow-Waihou School

  • is a welcoming and inclusive school for children, their families and the community
  • is a future focussed school
  • creates a positive and supportive learning environment
  • rewards effort and celebrates success
  • is an enviro-school committed to making our world a better place for our children
  • acknowledges the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi; and ensure that
  • children are central to the teaching and learning process.



The Ocean and Us

Ngā āhua o Tangaroa

Thursday 25th


We welcome you to attend either the matinee or the evening performance on Thursday.

To help cover costs a gold coin donation at the door would be appreciated.


Matinee Perfomance will start at 11:00


Evening Performance will start at 6:30


There will be a change of bell times for Thursday;

   9:00 Start

10:15 Morning Tea

10:35 Back to class to prepare 11:00 Performance



All children are to be at school at 6:00pm and are to go directly to their classrooms

At the end of the performance, teachers will take the children back to their classrooms and parents are to collect them from there.




The ceremony will go ahead in the Endeavour starting at 12:00 with the sausage sizzle to follow at 12:30

The planting of the trees will be after the Family breakfast on Friday.

























What's Happening

This is where you will find out what's happening around the shcool.

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