Paekākāriki School

Kainga o ngā akonga māhorahora

Home of the Barefoot Learner

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Principal's Welcome

Kia ora, 


Welcome to Paekākāriki School, I’m pleased that you’ve ‘landed’ on our page and are keen to find out more about us.


I feel very privileged to be principal of this school. We are part of a diverse, dynamic and generous village. We sit beside the sea and yet our capital city is a short train ride away – our learners have access to so many wonderful learning experiences.


Our staff are creative, hardworking and kind. I know you will enjoy spending time with them just as I do.


Our children are curious, creative and often found in barefeet! They bring a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to the place.


Here at Paekākāriki School we  know that our kids are special  and we nurture and celebrate the  blend of qualities that make them unique.


I look forward to meeting you and learning about you and your aspirations for your tamariki.


Ngā mihi nui,


Julia Bevin

General Information

Paekākāriki School is a small village school on the Kāpiti Coast of New Zealand. Our roll is 150, we take boys and girls aged between 5 – 13 years. Our tamariki (students) enjoy large grounds to play in, with the ocean being a short walk away. Tōku Āhuru Mōwai (belonging), whanaungatanga (connecting), whakatōmene (exploring) and whakapuāwai (thriving) are our guiding principles. We strive to provide our students with experiences that will give them the skills and knowledge to step out and make a positive difference in this world.

At Paekākāriki School, we are known for our progressive education practices with an emphasis on creating independent learners. Our school is known as The Home of the Barefoot Learner. Our students feel connected to their environment and their culture. Grounded and quick of foot, free to explore but safe in their sense of connection to the people around them. They are adventurous and creative but smart to their surroundings.

Alongside excelling at all core subjects, our tamariki have a deep understanding of our local community – the plants, insects and birds that live on land with us, as well as the underwater world of the precious ocean we live alongside. They learn about our shared history, and how the history of New Zealand shapes them today. From this grounding, they learn about the wider world. They do all this from within a strong, connected community.