About Our School


Our school was founded in 1958, as such we are the newest of the three larger primary schools in Dargaville.

We cater for children from Year 1 to Year 6. We have the advantage of having Selwyn Park Kindergarten right next door so we often work closely with them.

We are a family oriented school and the concept of Whanau is an important part of our school philosophy.

Selwyn Park School is a health promoting school. We have our own school garden which the children as part of their class programmes grow, care for, harvest and consume the produce.

As a school that has well being at its core, daily physical activity is part of the formal school programme, with daily lessons in fitness and skills. Through P.E. we also encourage children to take part in organized sport; last year 80% of the senior children took part in Saturday or after school sports programmes.

Over the last few years we have been very fortunate to have had dedicated Kapa Haka tutors and the group perform regularly at many venues including the Rest homes, civic openings and various festivals.

We also have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy and these aspects of the curriculum have priority. To assist in these areas we ran the Perceptual Motor Programme across the three Junior classes in Term 2 and 4 and Talk to Learn in Terms 1 and 3.

Selwyn Park School has always been at the forefront in promoting Education Outside the Classroom, and the year six Hikoi where the children over the course of five days hike the coast from Waikara to the Hokianga Harbour, has become a rite of passage for our senior students . Every year we also strive to have a least one whole school trip. Places visited over the last three years have been the Zoo, The Museum, Kelly Tarltons and the Treaty Grounds. We also encourage teachers to get their classes out of the school on a regular basis to assist in studies the children are undertaking.

The school is also part of the Duffy Schools Program and we have regular visits from prominent high achieving Kiwi’s each term.
We are aiming to set up a Bilingual Unit and we are weighing up our options.

In conclusion, a quote from the 2019 ERO report states:


“Teachers are committed to ensuring that students have positive learning experiences within the local curriculum. Stimulating and rich classroom environments feature colourful displays of children’s work.
The schools positive theme, inclusive culture and committed staff provide a strong foundation for sustaining and improving student learning”.
“The school has continued to develop teaching practices to target students learning needs.
The Board invests in extra support staff and in professional development for staff to promote success for students achieving below expectations. Digital technologies and learning through play have been prioritised. Teachers aim to capitalise on student interests and motivations, initiating greater opportunities for authentic, engaging and meaningful learning”.
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