Leigh School Carnival – Easter Sunday, 20 April 2014

A country style Easter fete in beautiful Leigh by the Sea

A country style Easter fete in beautiful Leigh by the Sea

Yippee! Our annual fundraising carnival is fast approaching.

Your awesome PTA and other volunteers, helped out by this year’s Carnival Organiser Melissa Crockett, are working hard to make it all happen.

Visit this post to see what we will be spending the funds raised on this year. Or here to see how you can help as a member of our community…Go have a look at the Leigh Carnival website to see updates on sponsorship, what it was like last year etc.

This year we have an Easter Bunny coming along to run an Easter Egg hunt for kids on the day, alongside all our usual great activities, the Quick Fire raffles, Silent Auction and Wine Auction etc.

If you want to volunteer or have something to donate please see Melissa or email her….

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Nau mai, Haere mai – Welcome to Leigh School in 2014

Leigh School is situated in the small semi-rural coastal community of Leigh, which is on the East Coast out from Warkworth & Matakana, approximately one hour drive north of Auckland.

The school was established in 1876 and the roll sits at around 55 children on average. Most of our children have transitioned from the Leigh Pre-School, and once they have completed their schooling in Year 6 at Leigh, they usually continue on to Mahurangi College in Warkworth.

We are proudly located in the Ngati Manuhiri rohe, and enjoy learning about the history of the area, staying overnight at our beautiful local Omaha Marae and visiting the Ngati Manuhiri Trust to learn about kaitiakitanga (looking after our environment). Many of our present and former students are descendants of this hapu.

We have a strong environmental focus at our school as we are fortunate to live in a very unique location. Less than 5 minutes drive away is Goat Island Marine Reserve, the oldest ‘no-take’ marine reserve in the world! Another nearby special place is the Tawharanui Reserve – both a marine reserve and a bird sanctuary. Finally, just out to sea from our school is Hauturu (Little Barrier), which is one of the oldest reserves in the country.  Hauturu is a special place for Ngati Manuhiri who are the kaitiaki (guardians) of it.

Our aim at Leigh School is to provide educational programmes that cater for and respect individual learning needs, and that foster the growth of every child’s unique abilities.

To do this we offer a broad range of learning opportunities within the school and classroom. We also have a ‘Best You Can Be’  programme which encourages and promotes desirable values within the school. More information on these programmes can be found by reading the Learning Opportunities page.

We have a dedicated and caring staff who are well supported by a very active and involved Board of Trustees, our wonderful PTA and the broader local community.

We would love the opportunity to chat with you about our school and community, please feel free to call into the school or contact us.

iPads in the junior classroom




Thank you to all who came along to our community meeting. It was a resounding success and the BOT has been working to collate all of the ideas to help create our new school vision and mission statement. After our February BOT meeting we’ll be getting our draft vision out to the community and will post it on this website too.

To learn more about the consultation please read the posts: Community Meeting Questions and Community Consultation.