About Us

Parklands School is in the heart of Motueka township, handy to community facilities and to the region’s rivers, beaches and national parks. “Parklands”, as the name suggests, is set in a pleasantly park-like environment, with large grassed areas, established shade trees and landscaped gardens. The School has extensive sports fields and playground facilities, including new courts and a new 25m heated swimming pool. Teaching spaces include modernised classrooms, a school library, multi-purpose room and technology centre.

Also located on our grounds are the Community Oral Health Clinic, Family Works Hub, the Motueka Family Service Centre, the Motu Weka Neighbourhood Centre Day Care Facility, Motueka Playcentre and the Ministry of Education Special Education Centre.

Parklands School encourages high achievement in academic, cultural and sporting activities. Significant features of the School programme include programmes for students with special learning needs or abilities, opportunities for students to learn Te Reo Maori and educational experiences outside the classroom.

As you develop your association with the school you will become aware of the attractive, physical environment, a very supportive Board of Trustees, dedicated teachers, children with a strong community spirit and parents who work closely with the school. We promote the concept of “Partners in Learning”, with everyone working closely together to provide the best possible education we can for children.

What the Education Review Office say ...
  •  Parklands School provides good quality education for its students.   Students are making very good progress over time in literacy and numeracy
  • Spacious, well‑kept grounds, including a new swimming pool, provide an attractive environment for students.
  • Teachers … provide good coverage of all curriculum areas.   Teachers use a range of good quality strategies to engage students in learning, including sound use of cooperative strategies.
  • Students are friendly, happy to be at school and well engaged in their work.   Students contribute to, and engage in learning conversations and take advantage of frequent opportunities for self direction and self‑management skills.
  • Positive relationships contribute to the purposeful tone in classrooms. Students settle quickly and work productively
  •  Parents are well informed about their children’s progress and achievement.   Teachers value the support of parents and their contributions to classroom programmes and other activities.  Parents are welcome at the school and actively involved in their children’s learning.
  • Relationships, effectively developed with community organisations promote partnership between school and home.
  • Management, teachers and the board of trustees are responsive to the diverse range of students’ cultural backgrounds. Trips, visitors to the school and performance events add interest to student learning and hands-on experiences
  • An effective behaviour programme is being implemented with positive outcomes for students.
  • The school is well placed to sustain and continue developing effective teaching practices in order to improve outcomes for students.  The management team provides strong leadership.  Trustees … have effectively linked the school vision and values to sound strategic and annual planning. 

Read our latest ERO report here