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Wadestown School is a state co-educational full primary school with approximately 350 students. The school is situated on two sites.
Wadestown School was first opened in Weld Street on 1 June 1881. One of the earliest schools in Wellington, it was built as a single classroom schoolhouse. The building was demolished after World War II and rebuilt in the current layout, when it officially opened on 15 June 1946.
The latest refurbishment of Weld Street took place during 2008. The school is proud of the significant improvements to the Weld Street and that the historic nature of the buildings has been retained. There are four classrooms, a library and a designated Reading Recovery room. The grounds include landscaped gardens, a playground with a slide and decks, a playing field and a small pool for swimming. The Deputy Principal has an office at Weld Street and one in the Administration area at the Rose Street.
Rose Street began as two classrooms opening in February 1917. There have been a number of building developments at the school due to a growing roll. A full and detailed written account of the history of the school was written in preparation for the 125th Anniversary in November 2006. Rose Street is one kilometre from the Weld Street and accommodates children from Year 2 to Year 8. Access to Rose Street is by footpath from Mairangi Road and limited vehicular access is available. There is also pedestrian access from Wilton Road via Purakau Avenue.
Rose Street has four blocks at different levels with a total of 12 classrooms. The principal’s office, library and hall are situated in the middle block. Despite the hilly site, the Rose Street grounds include landscaped gardens, a playing field, a large flat playground and three tennis courts. A recent refurbishment of classrooms at Rose Street began in 2013 with more classrooms currently being upgraded in 2017.
Parents have high expectations for their children’s learning and progress, and take an active interest in the school. The school maintains close links with a number of early childhood institutions and secondary schools. Wadestown School has an enrolment scheme in place and details can be found here. The school has a very active PTA and successful fundraising ventures undertaken by this group support the school’s strategic direction.