Carterton Town & Country Garden Trail

The Carterton Town & Country Garden Trail is being held again on Sunday 15 November 2015 from 10.00am – 5.00pm

10 fantastic gardens – Come along and Get Inspired!

Meet the Gardeners + Relax & Have Fun + Great Value for Money

Price: $25 per ticket (if purchased before Friday 13 November)

$30 per ticket (purchased on the day)

Tickets from:

Clareville Nursery, SH 2, Clareville, Carterton
Take Note, High St, Carterton
Kuripuni Book Shop, Kuripuni, Masterton
Carterton School, Holloway Street, Carterton

More info and updates on the Facebook page.

Phone: Carterton School – 06 379 4010        

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Team Leader & Teaching Vacancies


Learning team leader, permanent, 2MU (probably Y3–6, year groups may be flexible). To commence term 1, 2016. U5 full primary school. We are seeking an excellent, innovative classroom teacher with enthusiasm, energy and proven ability to provide professional leadership within a learning team or/and across a school. Experience in inquiry learning, and te reo & tikanga Māori desirable. Come and join our supportive and forward-looking school community.

Applications close 3pm, Monday 14 September. Application information available here or email

Permanent classroom teacher. (Probably Y3–5, year group taught may be flexible). U5 full primary school. Must be able to provide a well-organised, engaging and stimulating classroom programme, demonstrating excellent literacy and numeracy pedagogy. Experience in inquiry learning, and te reo & tikanga Māori desirable. You must be willing to work in a collaborative teaching and learning environment. Come and join our supportive and forward-looking school community.

Applications close 3pm, Monday 14 September. Application information available here or email

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Term 3

Term 3, and we are looking forward to another busy, fun learning-filled ten weeks.

The first day of term included our first PrEP session (Primary Enterprise Programme).


“In a PrEP community, students will:

  • Form their own government
  • Run ventures in such professions as performing arts, publishing, community services, manufacturing and banking
  • Design and produce a school-based currency, with one venture providing a banking service
  • Have a market places to buy and sell goods and services.

Through their exchange of goods and services they create jobs for one another. Students earn an income for their work, then make decisions about personal consumption, saving and investing. They also pay taxes to support their own government.

The market system promotes exchange opportunities between students and allows for the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in the school society. Through their learning experiences, students develop the understandings, skills, competencies, and attributes that equip them to be innovative and entrepreneurial.”  (Young Enterprise Trust)

Students from Years 3-8 completed job applications at the end of Term 2 and have been appointed to ventures, mixed up around the school. Younger students will take part in their own classes and participate on market Day.

Term 3 is also the time of some major challenges for our senior students. As well as continuing their EOTC (Education Outside the Classroom) programme, the Year 8 students are in training for the Powell Hut challenge later in the term. This has become a tradition over many years and leads to a huge feeling of achievement for those involved.

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Farewells & Celebrations

The end of Term 3 turned out to be the end of an era at Carterton School as we farewelled two long-term members of staff.  Both John Le Grice and Michael O’Connell have retired after many years of service both in our school and other schools around the country.
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We also had family members, friends and past staff come to our special event to farewell them. We wish them both a long and happy retirement.






The last week of school was also a time to celebrate and learn about  Matariki and the importance of this event to the people of Aotearoa. We celebrated with presentations and performances by a large group of students from around the school.

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Towards the end of the term we also recognised Leadership Week with a visit from a representative from the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the presentation of ‘Red Sock’ badges to leaders from each class.
One fun event for all was the annual teacher/student basketball game – and the winner was ???





Our final assembly of the term is always a special one as each class celebrates the Student of the Term – someone who is diligent, kind and who goes the extra mile. Other awards were given by the Board of Trustees and staff for outstanding performance and contribution to school life.




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Fun Friday

It is always a busy time at Carterton School but the last two weeks of term have been especially busy – and also a lot of fun.
Last week we had ‘Fun Friday’. The PTA provided the whole school with a saugage sizzle, a lolly scramble and we had a free mufti day, with many people choosing to dress up. During our school assembly the teachers paraded and some ‘naughty children (teachers)’caused a bit of a problem. We also had a visit from Sparky who presented awards to some very deserving students that have been working to help other in the community.
Some classes had a theme for the day and everyone certainly had fun!







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Carterton School App

Carterton School App is now available in the Apple and Google Play Apps Stores.
If you have a smart phone or tablet, download this now and stay connected to receive important information and alerts.
Carterton School App

The app will be used to provide links, contacts, notices and our calender.
You can also use it to advise the school of absenses.
We will use it to advise you of any urgent alerts as well as sports, group and team information or cancellations.

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ANZAC Commemoration Assembly & Town Parade

On Friday the whole school participated in our ANZAC Commemoration Assembly. We once again welcomed guests, including serving and past members of the New Zealand Forces, Ron Mark, MP, BOT members, representatives from the Carterton District Council and the local Returned Services Association.

Our very special guest was Epineha Ratapu, the last surviving member of the 28th Maori Battalion living in Wairarapa.

On ANZAC Day a good number of students, staff and families turned out to take part in the ANZAC parade and laying of wreaths at the cenotaph in Memorial Square.









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ANZAC Field of Remembrance

Yesterday several of our students attended the ceremony for the Carterton Field of remembrance in Memorial Square. They were amazing ambassadors and stars in the Wairarapa Times Age.
Today were remembered fallen soldiers of World War I by placing crosses in our school Field of Remembrance. This was a moving time as the students erected the crosses and placed poppies on our fence as a sign of respect for the servicemen. We were assisted by Maj Dean Rennie and CPO Len Burland.
We have all been learning about ANZAC and events that took place in Gallipoli one hundred years ago.
On Friday we will be holding a commemoration service in the school hall at 9am which our friends and whanau are welcome to attend.












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