School and Community profile


Dannevirke South School is a state funded full primary school with a current roll of 289 students.

South School opened in 1900 and has a long and proud history in the local community.  

The school is fortunate to have high levels of parental support and involvement.  The school is very well resourced and all buildings and facilities are very well maintained.  The school grounds are extensive with mature stands of trees as well as a growing number of newly planted native trees.

The school continues to receive very good Edcuation Review Office Reports and has a well-established self review and school development programme.

The school can offer:

  • A caring and secure environment that attempts to cater for the individual needs of all students.
  • Extensive special needs programmes and a developing programme of enrichment for students with special abilities.
  • A highly motivated and caring group of teachers.
  • An open door policy that values the close association between parents and the school.
  • Good facilities set in an expansive area of playing fields and native bush with an attractive stream running through the school.
  • A proven record of academic achievement, extensive sporting involvement and a diverse range of cultural activities.
  • A sound behaviour management programme that supports all students and staff.
  • ​We are a KiVa school

We have a number of programmes to support students and these will continue to increase as the need arises. Early in 2019 these include:

  • Kapa Haka
  • Steps Literacy Programme – a number of students are making amazing progress.
  • Our KiVa anti-bullying programme is showing that we are making good progress to eliminate bullying
  • Transition to School – our new entrants are experiencing a wonderful transition to school. Years 8’s are well supported on their way to High School.
  • Play based learning in Junior classes clearly indicates improved academic and social skills.
  • Year 4-6 teachers are inquiring into learning that supports successful progressions through those years
  • Year 7-8 teachers are working towards more flexible learning environments.
  • Robotics programme
  • Leadership programme
  • Participation in a number of events that allow students to excel including: AgriKids, EPro8, Tararua Book Quiz, Ki O’Rahi, ICAS, Otago Maths.


Our school has been proud to develop our own pōhiri process. This would’ve never happened without the tautoko of Te Whare Taiao o Rangitāne, Aroha, Te Turanga, and Troy. This process started in Term 2 with the year 5 & 6 students. Eventually it opened up to the whole school. Aroha, Te Turanga and Troy worked with staff, and students to help create a space where we felt safe to learn, ask questions and try new things. On Monday the 16th of October our school did the whole pōhiri process. What a special mauri presence there was during the whole process. We will continue with this tradition every start of the term. What a special taonga we have been gifted by Te Whare Taiao o Rangitane be able to welcome our new staff, students and whānau into our school.