"Though we are a small school we do big things."  Ward Student

We offer your children an innovative teaching environment with a true family feeling. Due to the commitment of the Board of Trustees and community support, the delivery of a supportive and high-quality curriculum experience is maintained across the school. Come in and talk to our professionals to hear about what our students’ experience. When your family joins us at Ward School, they become part of a caring, professional community that is committed to your child's wellbeing, educational needs, and future.

Students enjoy taking part in a diverse range of cultural and sporting activities including, ski trips, music festival, camp, noho marae, speech competitions, touch rugby, hockey, gymnastics, cross country, swimming, and athletics. Our students enjoy a friendly and supportive involvement with other local schools while competing strongly in the Marlborough wide sports events and competitions. The Ward School students have access to a wide range of extracurricular sports coaching and arts activities.

Our Year 7 and 8 students travel to town to participate in technology classes based at Bohally Intermediate. They also participate in the Rural Schools Leadership Programme, working with schools from across Marlborough. The Year 8 students participate in a camp. Due to the multi-age group teaching, there are opportunities for us to learn from each other.

Teaching Staff

Carey Huria

I am proud to be the Principal of Ward School, a teacher and part of this thriving and supportive community.

I have lived and worked in many schools and communities in New Zealand and beyond. I appreciate that in Ward there are unique opportunities and challenges that make life interesting and special to our families.

My childhood experiences in a rural community coupled with work experience on farms and a career in teaching and educational research have led me to Ward School. My family has had ongoing connections to the beautiful, Marlborough environment for generations and I enjoy exploring the rugged local landscape on foot and bike with family and friends.

I believe that having a 'growth mindset' will get you where you want to go in life. Believing that you can get smarter and knowing that effort makes you stronger helps you achieve better results in whatever you choose to do in life.

For our students at Ward School, building relationships with others is part of the life-long learning that we help develop through our values and learning programmes. We acknowledge that every student has a unique learning 'DNA' and may find different things challenging; we also understand that every student has individual needs and talents which we have to understand, celebrate and respond to.

I believe that my role is to assist our children unlocking the key to their learning potential and igniting a spark that they will carry all the way through life. If they believe it, they can do it!

Tania Jenkins

I teach the Junior Class in The Rock Pool. Early in 2017, I made the move back to Marlborough where I grew up, and am happily living in Picton with my partner Alistair, and commuting to Ward School each school day; the drive is enjoyable and the landscape is spectacular!

I hail most recently from Ashhurst, a village just outside of Palmerston North, where I enjoyed teaching locally in the junior and middle classes at Ashhurst School, and trained as a Reading Recovery teacher. I have also taught in a mix of urban, rural, and variously sized schools in Dannevirke, Pahiatua, and Eketahuna. I have three adult children - Rebekah who works for the Financial Ombudsman in London, Hannah who is a post-graduate student, and Thomas who works in I.T., both in Palmerston North. I also have two delightful grandchildren, Lily and Emerson.

In the Rock Pool, we are developing growth mindsets where risk-taking and challenges are celebrated. We are busy exploring and developing our curiosity, imagination and creativity. We work together to build our knowledge and understanding, and we have fun with literacy and numeracy.

Rock Pool whānau are very welcome to pop in, and spend some time with us. We would love to share our learning with you!

Jane Ritchie
Jane brings expertise in teaching students in the upper primary years in a wider range of schools. Her interests in literacy, swimming, and outdoor pursuits benefit our students.
Jane is passionate about inquiry and enjoys creating engaging contexts to inspire students and engage them is asking questions and following their own wonderings.
Jane loves cycling and when she's not on her road bike can be found at the pool coaching or swimming. 

Rachael van Asch
Rachael is an experienced teacher who has a love of literacy, the arts, social sciences, and science/environmental education. She has a particular interest in growth mindset and creates learning experiences that help all learners approach new and challenging experiences, regardless of whether they are learning to understand percentages or learning work cooperatively!
Rachael lives in the beautiful Awatere Valley with her husband Geoff and two boys, Thomas and James. When Rachael is not cooking up a treat for the family or a neighbour she can be found training for her up and coming challenge of completing an Outward Bound Course.