Wairau Valley Special School

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini
My success is not mine alone, as success is the work of many.

Term 2 Dates for 2023: 

Wednesday 26th April - Friday 30th June 

School Closures:

Monday 24th April - Teacher Only Day - Curriculum Refresh
Tuesday 25th April - ANZAC Day
Monday 5th June - Queen's Birthday
Friday 30th June - Teacher Only Day - Kahui Ako Conference
Friday 14th July - Matariki

School hours will be 8.30am to 2.30pm - this includes all satellite classes.  Students can be dropped to school from 8.15am.  Staff will be available at all sites from this time.

If you have any changes in your circumstances, you can update us by emailing: admin@wvss.school.nz

Welcome to our website, please take a look around.

If you need to contact us directly:     
Call: 09 444 5552   or   Email: admin@wvss.school.nz 

Principals Welcome

Haere Mai, Welcome to Wairau Valley Special School (WVSS)

WVSS is a school dedicated to meeting the unique learning needs of students from 5-21 years of age in the North Shore area. All our students are funded under the Ministry of Education’s Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS) for Special Education. 

We have 27 classes located across six sites. These include satellite classes catering for primary and intermediate students, secondary options, and a transition centre for students aged 17 and over. Satellite classes are classes that belong to a specialist school but are in a ‘mainstream’ setting. In addition, we run a Specialist Teacher Outreach Service which supports ORS-funded students to be fully included in their mainstream schools.

We have small class sizes with skilled teachers, therapists, and teacher aides. We provide quality learning programmes tailored to the individual needs of our students. The New Zealand Curriculum is personalized to ensure it meets the specific learning profile of each student. This includes a focus on Literacy and Numeracy as well as the Key Competencies which emphasize Social, Communication, Physical and Self-Management skills and development.   

We are a passionate and committed staff focused on engaging our students to develop to their full potential. Our students are at the heart of all our work as we seek to ensure they are fully included in the world they are learning more about every day.  We believe strongly in the need for an understanding, inclusive and responsive community and we are aware that we play an important part in helping to create this community for our students and their families.

My door is always open so please feel free to contact the school and make a time to come and see me.

Nga mihi nui



Natalie Todd


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