Fox Glacier School


Fox Glacier (Weheka) School

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Fox Glacier School is a U1 Decile 10 primary school, catering for students from year one to year eight, in the heart of scenic South Westland.

The Fox Glacier community works alongside a team of experienced and passionate teachers, to ensure that the school provides an excellent primary education for all its students. In fact, during a recent visit from the Education Review Office, one of the reviewers commented: “This is how a small school is supposed to run.”

The community are proud of their local school and the wonderful learning experiences it offers. Students benefit from a local curriculum which sees them interacting regularly with the wider community, and learning to take care of our precious Westland environment for future generations.

Fox Glacier School has two main classrooms, nestled amongst mature trees and gardens. A covered and heated swimming pool sits beside an asphalt court, which is used for netball, basketball, and tennis. The school has a large, grassed playing field and an extensive outdoor adventure playground. An orchard and edible garden area, which is a joint project between the school, playgroup and community, supports the school’s Health curriculum.

There is a well-resourced, purpose-built playgroup for pre-school children and their families to enjoy. The close proximity provides a seamless transition for new entrants into the school, and contributes to the special family atmosphere the school enjoys.

Frequent contact with neighbouring schools in Haast, Franz Josef, Hari Hari, and Whataroa give our children the opportunity to experience a variety of educational, sporting, social, and cultural events. Throughout the year, students regularly skype with our buddy school, Aoraki Mt Cook, and join with them to enjoy an annual week-long camp exploring different places around New Zealand.

Most children continue their secondary education at a boarding school ‘over the hill’ on the East Coast. The region also has a secondary school at Hari Hari.

An enthusiastic and committed Board of Trustees ensures that the school benefits from robust governance, access to modern resources and devices, and dedicated and passionate staff.

At Fox Glacier School, the children are well on the way to becoming good citizens of the future who can speak confidently about what is valued at their school: respect, integrity, excellence, curiosity, and community.


Fox Glacier Playgroup meets Monday and Wednesday 1000-1300 at a purpose built building at Fox Glacier school. Regular outings and other activities are organised. Cost for a family is $20/term. Visiting families are also welcome and we ask for a $5 donation to help cover our costs. For more information contact:

Library Books

The library is located at the Community Centre.  Be sure to sign out the book you borrow by recording the title and date, along with your name and phone number, in the register provided.
Please note: there is NO free wi-fi service available.