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Our School

About Our School

Grovetown School school was established in 1866 and we look forward to celebrating 150 years of educating the children of Grovetown in 2016.

Our school retains the character of a small rural school whist still being very close to town. Our students mostly come from the Grovetown village, surrounding farms and the northern area of Blenheim.

The roll presently averages about 70 students and is growing steadily. We currently operate 3 classrooms. Opawa Y0/1, Osprey Y2/3 and Waverley Y4-6. Our classrooms are named after the boats that used to travel up the Wairau River to Grovetown. We have many cultures represented in our school community including Dutch, Brazilian, Maori, and Chilean.

Our classrooms are named after boats that used to travel up the Wairau River to Grovetown.

Left image shows SS Opawa. Right image shows SS Waverley

SS Waverley and SS Opawa

Family Atmosphere

A warm and friendly family atmosphere is a key ingredient of the relationships between all those who work in and around the school. We have a supportive Board of Trustees and Parent Support Group and high parental and community involvement. We enjoy a close link with the Grovetown lagoon project. Our size makes it easy to develop school wide initiatives. We regularly plan and work together as well as using cross grouping.


The school is very well resourced with modern equipment and facilities. With 3 classrooms, a modern hall, library, swimming pool, resource room, one to one teaching space and administration areas, the school has excellent accommodation. A large, well maintained playground provides an attractive recreation facility for both students and the wider community. We have recently installed new playground equipment, a plant nursery and a bike track around the perimeter of our grounds. We have also recently upgraded two classrooms and the Principal's office as well as establishing edible gardens and a nursery and building a new staffroom . Next we plan to develop an outdoor eating and teaching area and upgrade the school office and one to one teaching space. We are also planning a school orchard which will be planted this year.

Future Plans

The Board and staff strive to maintain and develop the strengths of the school, seeking to progress in ideas, methods and facilities to create optimum opportunities for all students. Our school has experienced many positive developments during recent years and is looking forward to providing high quality education well into the future. Professionally we are going through a busy time. We have recently revamped our school charter and strategic plan and we are excited about our future plans.


We have recently participated in both the literacy and numeracy professional development projects. Grovetown School has been recognised by the Ministry of Education as having exemplary practices in health promotion. In fact, we have been selected as one of only eighteen schools throughout New Zealand to be profiled in a resource for other schools. The majority of our health initiatives are student led. Recently they have included redesigning our school lunches, designing and building a school bike track, participation in Active Schools, planning a school orchard and designing and painting new playground games. One of our next steps is to develop the Key Competencies in a way that suits Grovetown School.