Fox Glacier School

Fox Glacier (Weheka) School

Vision statement: The Fox Glacier School is in partnership with the parents and community to encourage our students to achieve their personal best across all learning areas to become well grounded citizens.

The Fox Glacier community works hard to ensure that their small, local school provides an excellent start to the on-going education of their children.

In fact, during a recent visit from the Educational Review Office, one of the reviewers was heard to comment, “this is how a small school is supposed to run”.

During 2016, our school has shrunk to just 5 pupils but we are positive the roll with grow again soon.

The two main classrooms are nestled amongst mature trees, in a corner of a large, fully fenced, grassed area. A covered and heated swimming pool sits beside a tarsealed netball/basketball/tennis court, and a large collection of playground adventure apparatus.

A large, purpose built classroom, also provides for preschool children and their parents. This close proximity provides a seamless transition for new entrants into the school.

The Fox Glacier School provides for pupils from year one through to year eight. Although Fox Glacier can be quite isolated, frequent contact with neighbouring schools in Haast, Franz Josef, HariHari and Whataroa, gives the children the opportunity to experience a variety of educational, sporting and cultural events. Most children go on to continue their education at a boarding school ‘over the hill’ on the east coast.

An enthusiastic Board of Trustee’s ensures that the school has robust compliance and regulation policies, and that their children have access to modern resources and dedicated staff.

The children are well on the way to being good citizens of the future when they speak confidently about what is valued at Fox Glacier School. “We show respect, we focus on excellence, we are curious, we want to learn and we have a great sense of 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. It is a free service, with 100 titles from the Hokitika Library changed every 3 months.  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.