Havelock school


Nau mai, hāere mai e te manuhiri tūārangi ki te Whare Kura o te Hoiere

Welcome visitors from afar to Havelock School. The students, parents, trustees and staff hope your association with Havelock School will be a rewarding and pleasant experience.

The campus upon which Havelock School is sited today was once the grounds of Brownlee Park - across the street from the building where Lord Rutherford and Dr Pickering were taught. Extensive grounds remain a feature of the school and create an attractive learning environment for the community's youngsters.

Murals on the exterior of the classrooms represent significant aspects of Havelock's history. One is of two dolphins leaping exuberantly from the water. The double dolphin has been adopted as the school's logo and apart from its association with the local legend of Pelorus Jack, Kaikai-a-waro, it also represents a spirit of co-operation. It symbolises the familial care dolphins are recognised as having for each other. If a student has a problem then a bigger 'dolphin' can be expected to help them with it, and vice-versa if need be. "That spirit of whanau and belonging is really important to us."

Havelock School has enjoyed significant gains from the efforts of parents and the community in general over the years. The ideal environment and facilities available today reflect the great commitment and stewardship dating from 1861.


A high level of community support is enjoyed by the school and pupils are regularly away on outings locally, within the top of the South and longer excursions to Wellington and camps in the Sounds and the Abel Tasman National Park. These experiences - also widened by connections to the world through the internet - are vital to another of the school's philosophies. "We try to encourage children to have a glimpse of the world beyond Havelock."

It is important children growing up in smaller areas are not overawed by the thought of leaving to pursue educational options and careers in larger centres further afield. And if the experiences of its two pioneering scientists are anything to go by, it would seem there's nothing stopping Havelock students from reaching for the cosmos within and beyond.

Year 8 Fun Day Out - Kayaking the Pelorus River