Our School

About Our School

Grovetown School was established in 1866. In 2016 we celebrated 150 years of educating the children of Grovetown.

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

The roll presently averages between 70 and 80 students. We currently operate 4 classrooms, which are named after boats that used to travel up the Wairau River to Grovetown. The classroom names are Opawa, Waihi, Osprey and Waverley.

Our school is well supported by our parents and local community. The Parent Support Group (PSG) are highly involved in supporting the school, and families are encouraged to be involved with field trips, fundraising, working days and other school activities.

The school is very well resourced with modern equipment and facilities. We have four classrooms, a school hall, library, swimming pool, break-out teaching spaces, administration areas and a wide range of curriculum resources. A large well maintained playground and native forest area provide an attractive recreational facility for both students and the wider community. Our school grounds also include a bike track, an extensive edible garden, fruit and nut orchards, and beehives.

Teaching Staff

Dave Hickin - Principal

Steve Livingstone - Deputy Principal and Osprey Class Teacher

Nicola Moran - Opawa Class Teacher

Jo Martin - Opawa Class Teacher

Louise Hedlund - Waihi Class Teacher

Mary Demlyn - Waverley Class Teacher

Jo Campbell - Teacher Aide

Yasmin Gee - Teacher Aide

Debbie Wallis - Office Administrator

David Old - Caretaker


Board of Trustees

Matt Large - Board Chair

Dave Hickin - Principal

Graeme Giles - Trustee

Crystal Pritchard - Trustee

Sandy Large - Trustee

Steve Livingstone - Staff Trustee