We are fortunate enough to have two of our own swimming pools.  Our learners will receive swimming lessons every day during term 1, and the second half of term 4.  We also participate in the Sealord Swim 4 Life programme.  Our school enjoys many benefits through our involvement in the Sealord Swim for Life programme. Our learners strive to receive a passport that has nine milestones.  The ultimate goal is to be able to swim 200m. It also includes survival skills and water safety tips. 





Athletics is another highlight of the year.  Athletics is a great way to teach the importance of RESILIENCE and value of never giving up.  Our learners will compete in high jump, long jump, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and House relays.  Our champions from each age group are then selected to represent our school at the Northern Wairoa regionals held in Dargaville.


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Staff Member Role
Curtis Gaylor



Principal principal@ruawai.school.nz
Janiece McPherson Deputy Principal

Manuka Teacher Year 3, & 4  

Adele Slatter Puka Teacher Year 5 & 6 adeles@ruawai.school.nz
Denise Hewetson Nikau Teacher Year 0 & 1 deniseh@ruawai.school.nz
Regina Nengerman Rata Teacher Year 1 & 2 reginan@ruawai.school.nz
Serah Mehrtens  Karaka Teacher Year 2 & 3 serahm@ruawai.school.nz
Danielle Te Waiti

Michelle Jenyns

Kapa Haka, CRT




Jewelie Sterling Learning Assistant
Jo Forsythe

Nat Partridge

Learning Assistant

Learning Assistant

Fleur Simpkin

Danielle Wilson

Learning Assistant

Learning Assistant

Craig Mitchell

Dorothy Simpson


Classroom support – Volunteer

Cross Country

Due to our rural location, we are able to host REAL cross countries.  There’s no running around the streets here.  Our learners need to dodge cow patties and prickly gorse bushes, jump over drains, climb up steep cow races and slide down muddy slopes.  We believe that our cross countries add to our uniqueness as a community.



Every Tuesday afternoon we have a ‘Passions and Interests’ programme called ‘Clubs’. Through collaborative discussions with our learners, staff identify each individual learners’ special passions and interests. Once identified, we do our very best to find someone in the community who has the skills and expertise to help us create a programme for that group of learners every Tuesday afternoon during terms 2 & 3.

This has proven to be great extension for our learners and a fantastic way to have genuine community involvement.




Board of Trustees (BOT)

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Kim Jenyns Chairperson/Finance    Parent Rep
Kelvin Bristow Deputy Chair/Finance Parent Rep
Jewelie Sterling Board Secretary/ Buses/Finance/Minute Secretary  Parent Rep
Craig Sanford                 Finance/Property Parent Rep
Eloise Barlow Finance Parent Rep
Curtis Gaylor Property/Buses/Finances Principal
Adele Slatter Finance Staff Rep

Social Media


Be involved and up to date with what your child is exploring and learning at school.  Please make sure that you receive the instructions to download your child’s personal QR code to your mobile phone or computer.


Please like our Facebook page, by clicking on the above link.  This will keep you up to date with what is happening at Ruawai Primary.

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Parent – Teacher Calendar App – Click on image to download app

  • To view school dates and events. Syncs with your personal calendar to show any clashes
  • Quick, simple and convenient way to report your child as absent
  • One easy list of school contacts in your phone for your convenience
  • Keeping up to date with school community news and other school related information, with a link to the current school newsletter
  • Allows us to notify or remind you of any important messages or emergency planning

Principal’s korero

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Nau mai haere mai ki te kura o Ruawai Primary.

Tēnā koutou, Talofa, Kamusta ka yung lahat, Namastē, Hallo

On behalf of staff and Board of Trustees, I extend a warm welcome to you and your whānau to Ruawai Primary.

Ruawai Primary is on a mission – Whakamana akoranga – Empowering learning.  We strive to provide a curriculum that values all cultures and is centred around each of our learner’s passions and interests.  Ruawai Primary offers small class sizes, five teacher aides, a ratio of 1:1 ICT devices, innovative learning programmes and a desire to ensure accelerated progress for those learners who need it.

Our school and community aspire to develop and nurture INDIVIDUAL learners who are ENGAGED, CONNECTED and EVER-GROWING.  We understand that the world is changing at such a rapid rate that it is become very hard to predict what skills and characteristics our learners will need by the time they enter the workforce.  Through community consultation and analysis of current research, we have developed a brand new Vision / Aspirational Profile that sets out a clear set of learning capabilities that we believe will provide our learners with the skills and characteristics to thrive in the future.  Our job is to now develop a curriculum that achieves this.  We are currently developing a play-based curriculum that encourages our junior learners to be problem solvers, innovators, collaborators, kaitiaki, curious and inquisitive.  In the senior school we are currently developing a curriculum that requires our learners to be self-managing, digitally fluent, inclusive and adaptable.  We still believe that literacy and numeracy are the most important skills but we want to achieve this by creating a framework that nurtures and grows the learner as a whole.

The keystones to everything we do at Ruawai Primary is based on our three values;


We embed these values through our challenging, personalised and inquiry based curriculum.  We firmly believe and encourage our learners to be brave and to be prepared to make mistakes along their learning journey.  We have two mottos – ‘Mistakes are proof that you are trying‘ and ‘You have to go through HARD to get to EASY“.  We believe that Resilience is a vital characteristic that our learners will need to succeed in this ever-changing and challenging world.

Ruawai Primary continues to strive for success, equity and excellence in all areas of our school’s curriculum, making it an exciting and empowering place to be.  We strongly value and Respect the importance of facilitating the development of Te reo Māori by providing instructional teaching time, kapa haka groups, whole-school waiata and embedding a kaupapa where Te reo Māori is part of our day-to-day practice.

We are focused on nurturing our learner’s enjoyment of life and learning. We have a broad curriculum that includes the arts, sport, science and a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. We provide a discovery/passion based learning programme for our juniors and personalised learning programmes for our seniors. We have a Problem Solving afternoon, every Wednesday (during term 2 & 3). Inquiry Learning has a firm place in our school curriculum contributing to the development of Responsible, self-directed and self-managing learners.

We are commited to being responsive to each child’s learning needs and aspirations.

We believe that we are here to serve our community.

Ngā mihi nui

Curtis Gaylor

Principal / Tumuaki