In the heart of Taranaki

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Avon School

Avon School is a full primary school located in South West Stratford.  We maintain a strong focus on pastoral care to enhance the development of the whole child.  We are guided by our STAR values, Self management, Teamwork, Aroha, Respect and Success.

Eltham Primary School

We are a full primary, semi rural school situated in the Eltham community.  Our vision is to create future achievers who will thrive in any environment they choose to live and work in.  We are well-being focused with a strong impetus on building positive relationships, guided by our core values; whanaungatanga, honesty, respect and empathy.

Huiakama School

Huiakama is a small sole charge rural school 32 kms East of Stratford. Established and built in 1896 the school has been a pillar in the community since. We had the Matau community join us in 2012 when the Matau School closed. We currently have a roll of 16 children, all farming children.

Makahu School

Makahu School is a small isolated school 35 minutes east of Stratford off the Forgotten World Highway. Our students thrive on the opportunities that abound in our area, taking pride in the place they live in. Learning is authentic and based on what the students and whānau see as being important and relevant today and in the future.

Marco School

Marco School is a sole charge rural school, 67 kms east of Stratford. We are the midway point of the Forgotten World Highway.  We have a roll of 19 students, mostly all from farming backgrounds.  Our students like to be involved in sports and looking after the environment. We are awesome problem solvers which is reflected in the school Vision – We can and we will.

Pembroke School

We are a rural school on the doorstep of Mount Taranaki.  At our school we empower students to become lifelong learners through ASPIRE and PEMBROKE.

Rawhitiroa School

We are a small, ruralschool 6 km East of Eltham.  At Rawhitiroa School, we prepare our students for their future through Inquiry based curriculum focussing on learner agency and our school vision. (WAKA)

St Joseph’s School

St Joseph’s School is an integrated Catholic Primary School. It was established by the Mission Sisters in 1897. Our school cares and shares like Jesus, through serving others. The school is part of the local Catholic Parish – the Immaculate Conception Church. There is a strong sense of fellowship in the community and the school enjoys a high level of parent /parish involvement and support.

Stratford High  

We are a co-educational secondary school that has provided quality education to the communities of Stratford, Eltham and surrounding districts in the heart of Taranaki since 1897. Our goal through our HEART values ( Honest, Excel, Aroha, Responsible, Tolerant ) is to inspire in everyone the desire to be successful and to reach their potential.

Stratford Primary School

Stratford Primary is a full primary with 430 children. We have 25% Maori students and 8 other ethnicities. Our focus is developing AIM High Learners who Achieve, Inquire and Show Manaakitanga to be the best they can be as lifelong learners.

Taranaki Dio

We are a state integrated Anglican boarding and day school for girls, established in 1914 and with a rolled capped at 200 students. We believe there are no limits to what each girl can achieve and we inspire our girls to leave our gates as courageous leaders, successful learners  and resolute women.

Toko School

Toko School is a rural school situated 10 km East of Stratford at the beginning of the Forgotten World Highway. Our school is seen as the hub of our area and we enjoy fantastic support from the wider community.  Our vision is “quality learning for all in a  caring community”.

Midhirst School

Midhirst School was first established in 1880.  Entrenched with rich history as the school has grown.  We have a current roll of 123 with 12% identifying as Māori.  Majority of our students come from a farming background with 25% coming from the Stratford Township.  Our School Motto is Ka Eke Tōku Pai, Our Best Always.

Ngaere School

Ngaere School is situated halfway between Eltham and Stratford with a roll of around 155. We have a mix of rural and town families who work together to ensure our children have the best opportunities to succeed through ‘Living and Learning with Respect.’

Stratford Central Kindergarten

Stratford Central Kindergarten is licensed to provide all day education and care for up to 50 children, aged over two years. The kindergarten’s philosophy emphasises the importance of relationships, inviting physical environments and teachers encouraging and supporting children. A parent committee supports the kindergarten with fundraising, finances and community events. The kindergarten is a new participant in the Enviroschools programme. All teachers are fully qualified.

Avon Kindergarten

Avon Kindergarten is situated on the outskirts of Stratford where we have a beautiful view of our maunga and surrounding paddocks. Our sessions have up to 30 children from the ages of 2 to 6 yrs and a team of fully qualified and certificated teachers as well as support staff. We are a part of the Kindergarten Taranaki Association.

Nature’s Wonder

Nature’s Wonder is a purpose built, beautiful and homely centre licenced for 12 Under 2 year olds and 32 Over two year olds each with their own dedicated areas for play and development. We have dedicated, qualified teachers that provide a nurturing and loving environment for all our tamariki. Our philosophy is made up of three main pillars; Relationships, Nature and Beauty.

Little Steps

At Little Steps we create a safe, engaging environment which promotes natural rhythms of play, discovery and self directed learning. Tamariki are supported and guided through loving relationships and genuine connections with their kaiako. Love, respect, and care are at the heart of all that we do. Here at Little Steps family and community are highly valued and are an integral part of our curriculum.

Gr8 Kids

Gr8 Kidz Childcare and Learning Centre is located in Stratford, Taranaki in a purpose-built facility. The service has a Christian philosophy that aligns with the Vineyard Church ethos. The service provides education and care for up to 50 children, including 10 infants aged up to two years. Children benefit from warm, positive relationships with their peers and teachers. Learning conversations are relaxed and peaceful.

Eltham Kindergarten

Eltham Kindergarten is licensed to provide sessional education and care for up to 50 children, aged over two years. One-third of the children enrolled identify as Māori. The kindergarten philosophy emphasises responding to children’s passions and current events, and partnerships with parents. We value and support for all learners: Wonderment and Awe, Thinking and Questioning, Social Competence, Finding Humour, Respect, Creativity, Persistence, Curiosity, Confidence/Risk taking.

Wonder Kids

Wonder Kids Stratford is a mixed age centre for children from birth until the start school. Our small cosy environment mirrors a whānau atmosphere where all children enjoy their days together with a focus on growing supportive, respectful relationships across children of all ages and abilities.

Koru Kindergarten

Koru Kindergarten is located next to the Stratford High School Teen Parent Unit (TPU). It is used by parents attending the TPU and the wider community. Education and care is provided for children aged from three months to school age and it is licensed for 42 children including 30 up to the age of two. The kindergarten’s philosophy emphasises the importance of respect and understanding of each child’s unique character, where children and adults can learn and grow together.

Stratford Community Childcare Centre

Stratford Community Childcare Centre offers whole day care and education for 48 children, including 12 up to two year olds. The community-based, non-profit childcare organisation is governed by a committee of elected parents who support the management of the centre. Teachers notice children’s interests and build on these to promote opportunities that nurture and develop social skills, resilience and persistence. Teachers play, learn and have fun alongside the children.

Our Pepeha

A collection of our pepeha for the schools and ECE in Te Kāhui Ako o Taranaki Mohoao.