Kia ora

Nau mai ki Kura o Tapu Te Ranga


Welcome to Island Bay School


Principal's Message

Nau mai ki Kura o
Tapu Te Ranga 

Welcome to Island Bay School

We are a primary school (Year 1-6) on the picturesque south coast of Wellington. When you arrive here at Island Bay, you will have a real sense of place, from the bay to the city. We are committed to giving all students the best education possible.


Our mission statement captures our approach to learning: "passion for learning and skills for life". We want learning that matters, that makes a difference in learners’ lives, that is connected to meaningful, relevant and deep contexts. 


We aim to nurture children for their unique talents. We approach students believing that 'one size does not fit all', and all learners are unique. Students are part of the learning process and have opportunities to transfer their understanding in many contexts.   


Our teachers are creative and collaborative in their delivery of the curriculum. Our teachers have a future-focused lens to learning and are very innovative in their approaches to teaching and learning. We are a forward-thinking school that often pushes the boundaries of effective practices. We are proud of the staff who continually challenge themselves to be the best they can be. They are professional, talented, empathetic and highly reflective.  


We are incredibly proud to share our school with our community and see learning as a  partnership between whānau, teachers and students.  


We see each student as an individual, with their unique strengths and areas to grow and develop. Our children are curious, sensitive, reflective, agentic, caring and talented individuals who know they can learn and develop in multiple ways. They know that they have the power to act and take their learning to new heights alongside their teachers and whānau.


Please feel free to visit our website or pop in to organise a visit to our wonderful school.  

Deborah Fenton
Island Bay School