Explore - Extend - Empower

Creating holistic learners in a broad inquiring
curriculum that fosters a love of learning and

cultivates creative minds.

Principal’s Welcome

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 vision for learning to “ Explore, Extend and Empower ” is brought to life by our curriculum that recognises that there are unique realities for the learner that deserve recognition in the design of learning and schooling. We want learning that matters, that makes a difference in learners’ lives, that is creative, connected to meaningful, relevant and deep contexts.

Our Learning

Through an inquiry model, Island Bay School endeavours to integrate all of the learning areas from the New Zealand Curriculum into their teaching and learning. Our curriculum document unpacks what our learning looks like in detail.

Enrolment Information

We welcome new students to Island Bay School. To find out more click below.

What's happening at Island Bay School?

Latest Notifications

Newsletter 26 Jan 2023

Thu Jan 26 08:02am

Welcome to Term 1, 2023!

This newsletter includes info on Whānau Connections this coming Monday, reminder about school starting on Tues 31 Jan, link to stationery lists, enrolling for Floorball and Touch Rugby, and more. Also, remember to update your app alerts with your child’s 2023 hub. See you next week! 

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Happy New Year! Some reminders for the start of school

Sun Jan 08 11:46pm

Welcome to 2023!

Reminder to book your Whanau connection time for Monday 30 Jan ( order your child’s stationery ( and update your child’s year group and hub in the SchoolApp subscription lists (see the menu bar in the app).

School starts properly on Tuesday 31 Jan at 8.55am. See you all in a few weeks time!

Note: a few reminders – booking whānau connection times, downloading your child’s digital record and more

Tue Dec 20 06:31am

Includes all the instructions on downloading your child’s digital (scroll to the bottom), some pics and results of our Island Bay Falcons Waterpolo team, and a call out for anyone interested in being part of the Island Bay Festival 2023.

Also a reminder to book your child’s Whānau Connection time for Monday 30 Jan 2023.

Have a great Christmas!

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Island Bay Festival 2023 – get involved!

Sun Dec 18 10:47pm

Kia ora! The Island Bay Enhancement trust is looking at reinvigorating the festival for 2023 (including going plastic free!), and we’d love the community to be at the heart of that change. We are looking at combining the festival events to just one day on Sunday, 12 February. We would love to see as many locals involved as possible! Fill in this survey to register your interest!

Fill in survey here

Newsletter 15 December 2022

Thu Dec 15 06:16am

Includes info on the last day of school tomorrow – 2pm finish! Also includes info on saving your child’s digital record, booking your whanau connection slot on 30 Jan, and stationery orders.

Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas, and a safe and relaxing summer holiday. 

See you in 2023!

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Lost property will be laid out in the school hall from 2pm today.

Wed Dec 14 07:27pm

Teachers will doing a walk past with the kids. Please check after school as we’d love to reunite items and owners!

Unclaimed items will be taken to charity.

Reminder: Last day of school is this Friday (16 Dec). School finishes at 2pm

Wed Dec 14 06:31am

The final assembly will take place 1-2pm, and school will finish for all students at 2pm.

Happy holidays!

Library book returns please!

Wed Dec 14 01:52am

We are still missing 51 books! Please check under beds and on shelves and get the books back asap. Thanks so much for your help with this!

Reminder: all children will be spending time in their 2023 learning space on Tues & Wed this week, with their teachers.

Mon Dec 12 06:31am

Note: lots of artwork and books will be coming home with your child tomorrow. Please bring a big bag (supermarket type thing) to school

Mon Dec 12 06:16am

Reminder: School Picnic on Monday (12 Dec), 11.45am – 2.15pm at Shorland Park. Whānau are welcome to meet us at the park.

Sun Dec 11 06:17am

Newsletter 9 December 2022

Fri Dec 09 03:21am

It includes information on reports, class placements, upcoming building work and dates for the last week of term.

Note a copy of the building work newsletter can be found in the Newsletter button of this app.

Have a great weekend

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Reminder: Class lists and reports out tomorrow – see log in details

Thu Dec 08 06:31am

This information will be available to you via Hero, our Student Management System. You will need to access it with your password either via the email link that you get sent or when you open the Hero app.


Reminder: We’d love your support for our own community Christmas present drive

Wed Dec 07 01:58am

Please drop off new, unwrapped presents for kids ranging from 5-11, both boys and girls to the office by this Friday and help us to make Christmas that little bit better for families in need.

Note: ex-lease ipads for sale

Tue Dec 06 04:01am

Every three years, Island Bay School renews/upgrades leased devices. Our current lease for 50 iPads has expired and so we have the option to retain/purchase these from our leasing agent. This means we can offer the old iPads to families to purchase.

These devices have been used in the classrooms for the purpose of learning. Devices are restored to factory settings and cleaned ready for their new owner.

The details:
– Apple iPad 10.2″ (7th Gen.) Tablet 32GB WiFi
(This is the 2019 model – purchased in February 2020)
– Charger
– Black shockproof case with handle

Cost: $150 incl GST

If you are interested, please fill in this form by Friday 9 December.

Once your request has been received it will be loaded onto your Kindo account for payment. We will be in touch with additional details including pick up date etc.

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Reminder: Bilingual Hui, 5-7.15pm today (5 Dec).

Mon Dec 05 01:26am

Newsletter 3 December 2022

Sat Dec 03 12:01am

Includes COVID reminders,  a reminder about our Bilingual programme – applications due 7 December, request for feedback on the consultation draft of our new 3 year strategy, and photos of our EOTC week. Have a great weekend

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Newsletter 27 November 2022

Sun Nov 27 04:31am

Includes info on the three year strategy. Reminder that Y5&6 camps are on this week coming, and also Y4 EOTC week. 

Many thanks

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Newsletter 19 November 2022

Sat Nov 19 12:01am

Includes reminders about Y4 EOTC week, Y5 & 6 camps, library book returns, marble club hoodie orders and more

Have a great weekend

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Reminder: New Whanau Parent Information Night tomorrow (15 Nov), 7-8pm

Mon Nov 14 06:18am

Reminder: powhiri for all new families is on this morning. New families meet at the Learning Hub at 8.55am.

Sun Nov 13 06:46pm

The Fair is on TODAY! Pop up to school 11am-2pm for some great bargains, food and more!

Fri Nov 11 08:45pm

Kapa Haka opening at 10.50am!

BYO cups, containers and tote bags
Help us reduce our plastic waste so please remember to bring your own reusable bags, containers and keep cups for all your treats and purchases!

We’ll be using our indoor plan.


Reminder: School Fair on tomorrow rain or shine!!! Sat 12 Nov, 11am-2pm. See you there!

Fri Nov 11 06:46am

Running order

10.45 am: Kapa Haka children to meet
10.50 am: Opening Kapa Haka performance
11 am: Fair is OPEN! (no sales before 11.00)
Fun, fun, fun!
1.50 pm: Lunch date with a teacher winner drawn.
2 pm: Fair closes, Silent Auction closes*
2.10 pm: Silent Auction winners go to the school office to pay, and we’ll hand over your winnings.

Note: the fair in ON come rain or shine! Here’s the wet weather map.

* however if there is a bidding war going on we’ll give you a couple of minutes leeway (think: Trade Me’s auto-extend)

BYO cups, containers and tote bags
Help us reduce our plastic waste so please remember to bring your own reusable bags, containers and keep cups for all your treats and purchases!

Newsletter 10 November

Thu Nov 10 07:46am

Includes important information for tomorrow and Saturday about the fair. Bring your filled cake boxes and buy your tokens on KINDO tomorrow. Also any help with set up tomorrow afternoon would be much appreciated! 

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Reminder: Buy your tokens to go in the draw to win a lunch date with a teacher! And volunteers needed to help set up Fri (tomorrow) from 3pm

Thu Nov 10 01:33am

Buy tickets on Kindo and your child/ren will be automatically entered into the draw to win a lunch date with a teacher of their choice (they can bring a mate). The winning ticket will be drawn at the close of the fair. The winner needs to be present to claim their prize (it will be redrawn otherwise).

Buy your tokens here on KINDO

Any help with set up from 3pm tomorrow would be greatly appreciated! Just turn up to the school hall. Thanks so much!

Reminder: Drop off your filled cake boxes to the school hall either on Friday or before 10am on Saturday morning.

Wed Nov 09 06:31am

Your baking needs to include a wee description of the ingredients – note: vegan, gluten and egg free are top sellers.

Reminder: It’s the Fair on Saturday! Save time and buy fair tokens on Kindo before Friday.

Tue Nov 08 11:01pm

You can only pay for games with tokens, and they can also be used to buy food and drinks, and on the stalls. Tokens purchased will be given to your child/ren by Friday. If your child doesn’t receive them by Friday, collect them from the school office when the fair opens. Cash and eftpos will also be accepted – but we’d prefer you to buy tokens.

Buy tokens on KINDO here

Reminder: Bilingual Whanau hui, this Tuesday (8 Nov), 6-7pm in the Learning Hub. All welcome

Mon Nov 07 06:46am

Newsletter 5 November 2022

Sat Nov 05 02:01am

Fair reminders – more volunteers please, and remember the donation drop off tomorrow (Sunday 6 Nov), 3-5pm!

Y4/5/6 – a reminder to everyone to fill in your Y5 & Y6 child’s camp registration or Y4 EOTC forms

Have a great weekend

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Reminder: drop off your fair donations to the school hall, 3-5pm TOMORROW (Sunday 6 Nov)

Fri Nov 04 06:31am

Only a week and a half til the Fair – get your fair tokens on KINDO!

Wed Nov 02 06:31am

Games Tokens
The games area is cashless, so buy your tokens on KINDO and you’ll be all set for Hook a Duck, Minigolf and more! (Under H&S fundraising – fair tokens).

Lunch date with a teacher tokens!
Buy tokens and enter the draw to win a lunch date with a teacher of your choice! The more tokens you buy, the more chances you have to win. (Under H&S fundraising – meal with a teacher on KINDO). Note: draw will be made at the end of the fair and you must be there to win!

Buy your tokens here on KINDO

Donations needed: smash palace crockery & glass jars

Tue Nov 01 06:46am

Tired of that cracked, chipped, or tea-stained crockery cluttering up your cupboards? Then hand it over. Smash Palace is a favourite game at the fair and we need heaps more crockery to make it a smashing success.

Glass jars! We need a heap more jars for our fabulous kids’ craft stall.

All donations can be dropped off in the school hall.

Helpers still needed for the school fair! It’s super fun, sign up now!

Tue Nov 01 06:17am

We could do with around another 40-50 people to be able to run the fair and make it a super day for everyone. Thank you in advance, we appreciate everyone’s time and effort 🙂

Yes I can help!

Note: Pacific Fono is POSTPONED tonight (1 Nov). A rescheduled date will be advised. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Tue Nov 01 12:08am

Reminder: Pacific Fono on tomorrow (Tues 1 Nov), all welcome. 6-7pm in the Learning Hub

Mon Oct 31 06:31am

Helpers needed for the school fair!

Sun Oct 30 06:31am

Thank you to the 20 people who have kindly offered to help so far. We still need around another 60 people to be able to run the fair and make it a super day for everyone. Thank you in advance, we appreciate everyone’s time and effort 🙂

Sign up to help at the fair

Important note: New starter pōwhiri is now postponed. New date tbc

Sat Oct 29 10:01pm

Apologies for the inconvenience, the pōwhiri scheduled for Mon 31 Oct is postponed and we will advise the new date soon. Thanks for your understanding. 

Reminder: drop off your fair donations to the school hall, 3-5pm TODAY (Sunday 30 Oct)

Sat Oct 29 09:06pm

Newsletter 29 October 2022

Sat Oct 29 02:01am

Includes a reminder about the Fair donation drop off tomorrow (Sunday 30 Oct) 3-5pm, recap of the 2023 School Structure, a COVID update and more.

Have a great weekend

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