Announcement : 


A message from our Principal – Mr Adam Cels

Tēnā Koutou,

I hope you have had a fabulous start to 2022 and managed to make the most of our wonderful summer and everything that New Zealand has to offer.

At Whenuapai School we have been busy preparing for the new school year, with lots of planning and preparation underway. We have welcomed a number of new staff (including myself) and everyone is excited to be joining the Whenuapai Team.  I have enjoyed meeting all of the staff and I am really impressed by their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge.  The school community should feel extremely lucky to have such a dedicated team focussed on making a difference for each and every tamariki.  We are all looking forward to the tamariki returning to school in a couple of weeks and making the place feel whole again.

The COVID pandemic continues to run rampant around the world affecting our daily lives.  Now that we are using the COVID 19 Protection Framework (Traffic Light System) we are hopeful that learning and school will be able to continue with minimal disruptions and without lockdowns.  

Over the past couple of weeks, the Senior Leadership Team has reviewed the framework and I believe we have a good understanding of how the school can operate under the different colours.  We will be sharing our ‘COVID Plan’ early next week, we are just waiting to see if the Ministry of Education is going to provide any further information or direction now that the country has been placed in Red. Please be assured that safety, as well as learning, is always our top priority.

Parent interviews will now be held, via Zoom, on the 3rd and 4th of February.  Interviews can be booked online using the following website and code puhtr. Should you be unable to book online please contact the school office on 09 416 8779 or Jo Wright on

School starts on the 8th of February.

I look forward to meeting everyone as the year progresses.  It will be easy to spot me, I’ll be the one who is looking a little lost and maybe shell shocked. 

Stay safe!

Ngā mihi,

Adam Cels