Methven Primary School currently has just over 300 students and will rise to approx 330 by the end of the year. Two new flexible learning blocks (5 classroom equivalents) have ensured the school has the capacity to meet the needs of a growing school and a rapidly changing world.
Classrooms / School Grounds
We operate three teams across the school, each with a team leader:
- Mahuri (Year NE – Year 2) is housed within an altered open plan unit of three classes and an adjacent open plan two-classroom unit.
- Piwakawaka (Year 3 – Year 4) is spread across one of our new modern learning environment spaces completed in 2017 and two nearby single classrooms.
- Opuke (Year 5 – Year 6) is located within our other new modern learning environment space completed in 2017 and a nearby single classroom.
Other spaces onsite include a library, teacher resource area, learning support rooms, art & e-learning rooms, music suites, and an admin block housing our Principal, two deputy principals and our admin team.
The school site is located on an attractive and extensive 2.8ha of land, and features a sports fields, scooter track, adventure playground, hard court areas, a shared community pool, school vege gardens and an impressive war memorial arch at the entrance to the school.
The school community is based within a zone bounded by the Mt Hutt Range and the Rakaia River with 50% of the students being rural based and traveling to school via bus. Half of the families have relatives who live within 10 kilometres of the township and 60% of the locals’ occupations are rural based with a number being associated with the ski industry and seasonal tourist activities.
During Mt Hutt Ski Area’s season the population of the community is significantly increased with a variety of different cultures and an influx of overseas workers brought in to the Methven area to satisfy the growing demand for farm labour associated with the Dairy industry is reflected in the variety of ethnic groups and cultures now attending Methven Primary School.
Methven Primary School is a member of the Opuke Community of Learning which consists of 9 schools, largely based around the foothills of Mid Canterbury.