Kia Ora Koutou

It is with pride that I take this opportunity to welcome your family to Seatoun School.

Kia ora koutou, I have been Principal of Seatoun School since 2015. Before coming to Seatoun, I have held Principal positions at Scots College, Queenstown Primary and Maungaraki Schools. I began my teaching career in Nelson and taught for many years at Hong Kong International School. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership and Information Communication Technologies. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, mountain biking, skiing, hanging out with my grown up sons and spending time with my wife. I feel very lucky to be part of the team at Seatoun School.

Our school caters for children from new entrants up to year eight and reflects Seatoun’s multi-cultural community.
We have students from 26 nationalities and we are extremely proud of the safe, caring, family environment our full primary status provides.

We have a proud and continued tradition of being a focal point in the community and have always enjoyed a high level of community involvement.  Our school was established in 1916 as a ‘side school’ to Worser Bay. In 1921 Seatoun was recognised as a separate school and in April 2002 we moved into our wonderful new facilities on the old Fort Dorset site.

Seatoun School is about learning for everyone; children, parents and teachers – learning to know, learning to do, learning to live and learning to be. We aim to accomplish the primary goal of education – engendering a love of learning, a desire to learn a capability and confidence to learn and developing well rounded caring individuals.

We provide a comprehensive and modern curriculum which has a sound foundation in literacy and numeracy, has a wide variety of enrichment programmes and includes both the arts, effective home learning, STEM subjects and we creatively use technology in highly engaging ways. Our children truly do love coming to school!

I am very proud of our hardworking teaching and support staff at Seatoun School, who consistently challenge themselves to be the best they can be and support all students.

Being the Principal of Seatoun School is a privilege. Do come and visit us!

Education Review Office provides independent audits of our school.  We have had successive, highly complementary, five-year reviews and our most recent review can be found here.

John Western
— Principal