Our school grounds and buildings are attractive and well maintained. Improvements to the school's entranceway, office and gardens have very much been community driven with support and time being given by parents and members of the school’s community. We have a large grassed area with trees, adventure playground, tennis court and swimming pool. A well-stocked community on-site library supports literacy. The school is connected to the ultra-fast fibre network and is well resourced with up to date ICT equipment.

Ward School opened in 1906. It is located on the East Coast of the South Island between Blenheim and Kaikoura. We are a small rural school, which has the backing of a strong community. Ward School is a full primary school with a teaching principal and is currently organised into two multilevel classrooms with two permanent teachers. The school's community stretches along approximately 50km of State Highway 1 from south of Kekerengu to Lake Grassmere and covers areas inland of Ward and northeast to Cape Campbell. Our rural community consists mainly of farming and fishing base with emerging viticulture and tourism development in the area.

Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees and valued members of our community who bring a diverse range of skills and talents to the school.

  • Paul Hickman - Chairperson
  • Carey Huria - Principal
  • Koko Lambert - Parent Rep
  • Duncan Roberts - Parent Rep
  • Paddy Trolove - Parent Rep
  • Anna Booker - Parent Rep
  • Shelley Henson - Secretary
  • Chairperson - Ally Avery 
  • Secretary - Trudi Roberts
  • Treasurer - Anna Trolove
  • TEAM are a hard-working group of parents who generate funds for the school through various fundraising activities, to support the learning of the children. 
  • They meet once a term, at 1:15pm in the school library. They have a lot of laughs and fun along the way and are a vital component of the school. 
  • When your child enrols at Ward School you automatically become a member of TEAM and are encouraged to attend meetings and support fundraising activities. 
  • TEAM's regular fundraisers include: Catering of the Lions Dinner meetings - February, April, July, October & November, Running a BBQ at the annual Flaxbourne A&P Show, and various other opportunities or ideas that come along.

Teaching Staff

  • Carey Huria - Principal
  • Deborah Klenner - Rock Pool Teacher
  • Alistair Dalziel - Reef Teacher
  • Rachel Cotching - Wellbeing Support
  • Anna Booker - Wellbeing Support

Support Staff

Our school could not function without a strong team of support staff who assist with administration and supporting students and teachers.

  • Candi Callaghan - Office Manager
  • Denise Rudd - Teacher Aide/Office
  • Raewyn Guard - Cleaner
  • Rachael Broadhurst - Teacher Aide
  • Carol Schofield - Teacher Aide
  • Jo Edwards - Caretaker

Policies and documents

Ward School Policies are available for you to read on the following website: 


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These resources below can be downloaded and review and printed.