Waitakaruru School is a Decile 6 school built within large, attractive grounds and with a current roll of 80 children. 66% boys and 34% girls.

It is situated in the Hauraki area, 24kms from Thames and12 km. from Ngatea.

Ethnically, the major groups are: 45% NZ Maori, 47% NZ European; 1.5 % Pacific, 1.5 % Asian: and 5% Other (Australian, South African, British/Irish)

School facilities include 5 single-cell classrooms, joined by a covered deck, a well-equipped library, an Administration area, a learning support room and sheds and storerooms for the gardening equipment, sports’ equipment, and the boiler room. The covered outdoor quad area servesas an eating area. Play areas include two adventure playgrounds, two hard court areas, large grassed playing fields and a swimming pool. There is a playgroup onsite, run on a Thursday in the Mangatarata Room. This prefab classroom also houses music lessons on a Friday and was donated to our school when Mangatarata School closed down.

Currently the staff consists of a Principal, and 4 classroom teachers, 3 of whom are permanent, and 1 fixed term.

The Charter, Strategic and Annual Plans have all been reviewed by the Board of Trustees and Principal this year with input from staff and the community. It builds on the successes of the past and sets a direction for the next three years.