School Events

Calendar Highlights

Kapa Haka

Kapa haka is practised and performed throughout the year at Carterton School and is part of our curriculum. A local Kapa haka performace is held in Masterton each year in September. Kapa haka is open to students across the kura.

Camp Quality
Chop ya Locks

Camp Quality is dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to children (aged 5-16 years) living with cancer. Students (and staff) at Carterton School volunteer to Shave/Cut their hair to raise money for this cause.

Pet Day

Calves and Lambs are reared for the school Pet Day and then taken on to the Group Day at Clareville Showgrounds.  A huge variety of pets come to the school pet day in October. Pet Day is usually held on the first Friday of Term Four.

Round the Bays
Run and Become

Open to Year 7 and 8, students are able to take part of Run and Become and complete Round the Bays.

Wairarapa Art Festival

Every year we are lucky to have many student artworks selected to be displayed in a student exhibition located in Aratoi in Masterton .

Talent Quest

Held in Term 4, our schoolwide Talent Show provides an opportunity for children to display their talents.

Movin' March

Movin' March encourages all tamariki and staff to get movin'! Run, walk, bike, scooter, rollerblade or skateboard to school if you can and recieve stamps on your passport.

Speech Competition

The Speech Competition is for all Year 7 & 8 students in a Wairarapa Schools. This competition is in Term 2.

Confidence Course Championship

Held on the school’s own Confidence Course, students compete in Term 4 for the fastest times. 16 finalists (8 boys and 8 girls) then compete again to find the Champion Boy and Champion Girl. Students can use the course throughout the year. 


Matharapa is an interschool challenge held in Masterton each year involving teams with Year 5 & 6 and Year 7 & 8 students.

Home Gardens

Home Gardens are a competition for students to prepare, plan and plant a garden at home and keep a record in a diary or other format. They can be flower, vege, themed, potted or a creation entirely new. Judging is generally in November or December. 

Forest School

Team Kawakawa head out to Forest School for a fun day in the outside classroom.

Sporting Events

Swimming Sports

Football Tournaments

Rippa Rugby Tournaments

Hockey Tournaments

Cross Country

Softball Tournaments

Netball Tournaments

Chess Tournaments


Basketball & Miniball

Brooklyn Exchange


Cultural Events

Live-Wire Radio Show

Weekly Assembly

Non-uniform fundraisers

Jump Jam

Science Days

Year 7 & 8 Tech


Stage Productions

Team Camps



Ākonga Māori


Year 8 Special Events

Leaver's Dinner

Each year in December, we celebrate our Year 8 Leaver's with farewell speeches, dinner and a dance. This gives students a final goodbye before finishing their primary school  journey.

Tree Planting

Each year our  Year 8 leaver's plant a tree for our kura to remember their legacy. Our kura can look back at trees and think of our ex-students who are continuing on their learning journey and our ex-students will always be part of us.

Powell Hutt

 Held in late Term 3 or early Term 4 all Year 8 children are challenged to climb Mt Holdsworth and stay overnight at Powell Hut.  This is a demanding physical and mental challenge into snow and alpine conditions.  An exciting and confidence-boosting activity.