At Brightwater School we take great pride in creating a learning environment where all children are valued and given the opportunity to develop academically, socially and physically in a safe and caring manner.
All school programmes and activities are aimed at meeting the needs of all children, giving them the opportunity to extend their learning and to provide them with a wide range of educational experiences both at school and in the wider community.
At Brightwater School we believe:
Brightwater School has a supportive Board of Trustees, an active Parent Support Group, enthusiastic and capable staff and we look forward to working with you in our unique environment.
About Brightwater School
Brightwater School (established 1888) is a semi rural school on the main street of a small village. State Highway 6 is adjacent to the south-east boundary. The school is comprised of six separated buildings- a block of two classrooms; 1 block of 3 classrooms and 1 block of 4 classrooms. The school roll in 2013 rose to reach 300 pupils.
Description of the School Community
Brightwater School is situated on State Highway 6, approximately 20kms south-west of Nelson. The nearest fully serviced town is Richmond, 8kms north on S.H.6. The majority of caregivers identify as of European descent with approximately ten percent as of Maori descent. Views of the community and caregivers reflect confidence in the school. They expect their children to be happy, confident and secure at school. Farming and forestry characterise the area. As part of the Waimea Plains it is a mixture of pastoral and horticultural units and adjacent river valleys. The farming community consists of long established families and new-comers attracted to the lifestyle provided by a hobby-farm or small horticulture unit. The community combines the rural sector with a significant semi urban population. Many children live in the township, with the remaining children carried by bus to the school from surrounding areas. New subdivisions are coming onto the market regularly.
Facilities provided in Brightwater