Principal's Message

Matt Jackett



A message from Principal Matt Jackett

Welcome to our wonderful school. You will find Carterton School offers children a wide range of opportunities to develop academically, socially, culturally and creatively. The whole school community works as a team to develop these skills and we look forward to your involvement in this process.

Our Board of Trustees regularly review our school charter. This is our guiding document, which outlines the direction the school will take in the coming 3-5 years. Many families helped us to reflect on the direction of Carterton School at the end of 2017 and the Board are preparing an updated charter and strategic plan to be implemented from 2018. The main direction set in the past has been reinforced, but more emphasis has now been placed on connecting with our community to enhance learning.

The key values underpinning our strategic goals across the school are:

  • Academic success

  • Diversity and difference

  • Personal resilience

  • Respect

  • Sustainability

Our strategic goals are:

*To focus on ensuring that all students will achieve to the best of their academic ability, as evidenced by their progress and achievement in relation to the New Zealand Curriculum.

*To provide an engaging learning environment, where students’ languages, identities and cultures are supported and celebrated.

*For our students and our school to be at the heart of a culture of learning in Carterton that develops skills and capabilities for now and in the future.

Our ‘Carterton School 3Rs’ strongly support our goals and are central to the way we learn and work together.

In 2018 our main curriculum professional development focus continues in writing.. Improving student progress and achievement will continue to be the driving force behind all we do.

We are also involved in the South Wairarapa Kāhui Ako, a professional learning initiative to link home and school, teachers, whānau and students.

Following community consultation the Board is determined to develop further links with local community groups and to bring the life experiences our students have out of school into school. We will be focusing on making links with our families’ identity, languages and culture. With our two Ākonga Māori classes, which base learning around te ao Māori, we have an innovative and groundbreaking way to meet the needs of a specific group of our students.

Our kapa haka group has become well known in the local community, and we will be participating in the Wairarapa Schools Kapahaka Festival later in the year.

Our Year 6-8 students are digitally ‘one to one’. All students in Team Kahikatea have access to a Chromebook to support their learning. The devices provide connections to learning way beyond the classroom walls and engage the students in a wide range of learning opportunities.

Special extension opportunities will be provided for gifted and talented students in a range of areas this year.

A huge strength of our school is the extensive outdoor education programme the children are offered, ranging from local visits to day tramps and 5 day challenging camps.

Continuing in 2018 will be the Perceptual Motor Programme for juniors and a wonderful after school care facility offers child care in our school hall.

We have a genuine Open Door policy – you can come to all classrooms or activities. Please sign in and out at the office.

The school has an enrolment scheme in place. For details come to the school office.

We have lots of fun and we would love you to be part of it in this great learning environment.

Ngā mihi nui,

Matt Jackett


Carterton School