Wharenui
Knowing our yesterday, Embracing our today, Learning for tomorrow, Being the best me I can be.
Our School
Wharenui School has a long history, first opening in 1907
Located in the heart of Riccarton, Christchurch, Wharenui school is a full primary catering for children from 5-13 Years- (Years1-8). We are hidden away from a busy area and enjoy a park- like setting. It is like a big secret. Wharenui is a multi-cultural school and we value the diversity and the family-like atmosphere that brings.

Our close proximity to the Wharenui Pool means we are one of the lucky schools who can provide swimming without needing to travel. We are a decile 3 school,which means we are very lucky to receive support from Kidscan, Duffy Books, Fruit in Schools, and Milk from Fonterra and Owens Transport
The many cultures that make up our school, give the school a rich diversity, where students grow appreciating other cultures and their beliefs.
At Wharenui School, we respect the unique position of the Māori Culture as Tangata Whenua of New Zealand Aotearoa and Te Reo Māori as an official language in accordance with our commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi. In recognition of the unique position of Māori we provide instruction in Tikanga Māori and Te Reo Māori.



Te Reo Maori is taught by our Kaiako, Sherrilee, who visits on a Tuesday. She also leads our Kapahaka group .
Samoan language is offered by Tumama, who also leads our Pasifika group.Thanks to the Rewi Alley Language School, we are able to offer Mandarin as a language. Mandarin is touted as the language of the future.

Van Asch Junior School of the Deaf has been part of our school since 2011. They bring another language- the third official language of New Zealand - sign language and the uniqueness of the deaf culture.


We aim to give our children great educational experiences and provide many opportunities for our Year 7 /8 students, developing leadership skills and self management skills in preparation for High School. We offer many sporting and musical  opportunities and have a Homework Support Club , which runs three days per week for our year4-8 students

On site we have six Resource Teachers of Learning and Behaviour and our Social Worker in schools.
The dedicated staff, Board of Trustees, PTA, Whanau group, along with fantastic students and wider community, makes Wharenui a great place to be.