Bankwood School - Being the best we can be - Whāia te iti kahurangi

Principals Message

Piki mai, kake mai, nau mai haramai ki te kura nei!!

It is our pleasure to welcome all of our whānau to Bankwood School.

Our school places our tamariki at the heart of everything we do, along with a passionate team we strive to provide a range of experiences and activities to engage all our students both inside and outside the classroom.


We pride ourselves on being our four kinds of best; 

  • Ākonga Tūtika - A responsible learner

  • Ākonga Kauanuanu - A respectful learner

  • Ākonga Manawaroa - A resilient learner

  • Ākonga Whaiwhakaaro - A reflective learner

This year we welcome back more EOTC experiences (yr 6 camp), localised curriculum and the connection with our local eco-system (Kūkūtāruhe), science as a specialised subject, NZ History, more sports teams playing in local competitions, community events and cultural experiences to name a few.

We have also opened three classrooms with a stronger focus on te ao Māori, through language and cultural protocols (reo rua). Whānau Māori have asked for this, and our Board of Trustees has driven this, therefore we have positioned our kaiako in line with these three classrooms.

Like all schools and provisioned by the NZ Curriculum, all classrooms will have an element of te reo Māori delivery as we uphold the mana of the treaty but more importantly showcase who we are as a nation.

We begin our Apple ICT roll out for our middle and senior school, this will happen during terms 1 & 2. Our staff will be going through professional development to support the learning prior to our students moving to 1:1 delivery. This ICT medium provides an opportunity for our tamariki to be more digitally literate in a creative way in readiness for our changing world. 

We are in our 4th year of Structured Literacy and 2nd year of DMIC, these literacy and numeracy programs will continue to strengthen, grow and develop in our kura.


Term 3 finish; Friday 22 September

Term 4 start; Monday 9 October

Pōwhiri for new students/ whānau at 9.15am

Teacher Only Day; Friday 17 November

(School closed)

Term 4 finish; Tuesday 19 December

Teacher Only Day; Wednesday 20 December

(School closed)

Mauri ora e te iwi,

Matua Hone


Bankwood School