At Kahutara School the needs of individual students are at the centre of all teaching, learning and assessing. Students should be encouraged to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, understandings and key competencies of the National Curriculum Statements.


To put in place a comprehensive programme that ensures all students achieve to their potential, and have access to high quality, expert teaching and learning.

  1. Develop and implement teaching and learning programmes;
    • To provide all students in Years 1-8 with opportunities to achieve for success in all areas of the National Curriculum.
    • Giving priority to student achievement in literacy and numeracy.
    • Giving priority to regular quality physical activity that develops movement skills for all students.
  2. Through a range of assessment practices, gather information that is sufficiently comprehensive to enable progress and achievement of students to be evaluated giving priority first to:
    • Breadth and depth of learning related to the needs, abilities and interests of students, and the nature of the school’s curriculum, and the scope of the National Curriculum as expressed in The New Zealand Curriculum or Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
  3. On the basis of good quality assessment information, identify students and groups of students:
    • Who are underachieving
    • Who are at risk of not achieving
    • Who have special needs (including Gifted and Talented students)
    • Who require attention, with respect to particular aspects of the curriculum
  4. Develop and implement teaching and learning strategies to address the needs of students and aspects of the curriculum identified in 3 above. Individual records will be kept on each child.
  5. In consultation with the school’s Maori community, develop and make known to them the school’s policies, plans and targets for improving the achievement of Maori students.
  6. Provide appropriate career education and guidance for all students in Year 7 and above.
  7. Provide a second language to the senior class (Year 7 & 8 children are the priority).

Any further information required can be obtained through the Principal.


Contact Us

Kahutara Primary School
990 Kahutara Road
RD1 Featherston, 5771
New Zealand

Phone: 06 308 8427

Staff Contacts

Liz McCreary (Office)

8.30am – 1pm Monday, Tuesday

8:30am – 3pm Wednesday, Thursday

Katrina Hampton (Principal)

Michael Munro

Inga Munro

Brooke Sims

Isabel Bridgman

Lara Hooper