Knapdale School

Celebrating our 140th Jubilee in October.

School Vision

To seek, to strive, to find & never give up...

This is derived from a quote by Robert Falcon Scott and has been adjusted to suit our school. We want our learners to continue to push themselves and work to the best of their ability at all times!

School Values

We expect students to be:




Click link to last ERO Report - 2018

Our School

Kia ora and welcome to Knapdale School's webpage.

Knapdale is a neat wee school situated in Eastern Southland, about 10 minutes north of Gore. We are lucky to be close to town but have a real rural feel to everything that we do. We have been well supported in our community for the last 135 years. We also have a school pool that the community can also use and also make the most of the Knapdale Hall just around the corner.

We are a full primary (Year 0-8) with a wide catchment and most of our students come to school via bus.

We have a wonderfully supportive community and our school whanau are committed to ensuring that we are well equipped for quality teaching and learning. We want our learners to leave Knapdale proud life-long learners who show respect, responsibility and resilience in all of the choices and decisions that they make. This is based around our school values.

We have Google Apps for Education at our school and all students have their own email and all have access to technology in the classroom. Teaching them about their digital footprint is an important aspect of their learning in this day and age.

Please have a look around our website and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Hayley Mitcheson - Principal

We use Skool Loop as well for information. Please download from the App Store or the Play Store.

We regularly update our school Facebook page - please go on and "like" our page for these.

Term Dates 2019

Term 2 - Monday 29th April - Friday 5th July - Queens Birthday 3rd June

Term 3 - Monday 22nd July - Friday 27th September

Term 4 - Monday 14th October - Friday 13th December

Term 2 Dates

Year 7 & 8 Programme - 7th May - at Knapdale; 14th/15th May at Waikaka School; 28th May at Knapdale

Technology at Longford - 11th June; 18th June; 25th June; 2nd July

Albion Excelsior Rugby Ambassador - 8th May; 23rd May; 5th June; 19th June

School Photos - 13th May

Board of Trustee Meetings - 9th May; 6th June; 4th July

Playhouse Theatre - At Pukerau Community Centre - 21st May

Cross Country - School (at Waikaka School) 30th May; Eastern - 12th June at Waimumu; Southland - 21st June at Waimumu

School Reports & Learning Conferences - Home on 31st May; Conferences - 12th and 13th June